Glowing Embers


campfireIt was a perfect evening…clear skies, a cool nip in the air and a crescent sliver of the moon allowing the starry heavens to tout their glory. You could not have ordered a better night for a campfire.

I found it difficult to pull my eyes away from the dancing flames. Staring at a blazing fire has almost a hypnotic effect and seems to soothe even the weariest. I love to watch the flames waltz, lick and curl around a log, consuming the mightiest of timber in just a matter of minutes.

As I gazed intently, deep into the heart of the inferno, I saw glowing red and white embers belching out flames from every minute crack in the log. Then I noticed…once a flame became intense enough to nearly consume the entire limb, a tiny portion of the glowing hot coals would break off and roll a few inches from the immense center of the firry furnace.

Within minutes, what was once a blistering, sizzling ember, an essential part of the fire, was now peripheral and rapidly cooling, transforming into a whitish-grey ash. As several more moments passed, the once robust flame was now nearly extinct. Finally, the remaining residue became a cold black chunk of crud…not really good for anything!

I had to stop and muse how the scene I had just witnessed mimics many of our Christian lives. How often we are so immeasurably on fire for God when we first come to know Him and His saving grace, but when it comes to making Him Lord of our life we often start to rapidly cool down in our love affair with God.

Our natural tendency is to pull away from God and try to operate under our own power…as we pull away we quickly cool down. What once was a searing passion for God is now only a shadow of what once consumed us. Once our main focus becomes life around us instead of God, we are destined to become a cold black chunk of crud.

Jesus addresses the “cool down effect” in Matthew 13:22-23 The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for money choke out God’s Word, and he does less and less for God. (TLB) No matter how hard we try, we can’t serve two masters…we need to make God the Lord of our life…the only one we worship. No more worshiping money, the pleasures it can purchase or anything else. We will worship something, we will worship whatever we value most…we need to worship God, God alone!

What do you need to insure you remain a blistering glowing ember and not get caught up in the worries of this world? Time alone with God is a great place to start…get to truly know God. Know Him, love Him, pursue Him, spend time at His feet…let Him be Lord and learn to truly love Him.

We would love to assist you becoming a “glowing hot ember” or maintaining “the glow”. Contact us to schedule a personal retreat at Shepherd’s Gate Inn by calling 765-327-7157 or emailing

Stoking my fire for Him,

Chuck Lehman

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