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The morning started much like any other, waking up to the light snores and deep embrace of my love lying beside me. The dream however was not, vivid in its imagery, the blazing fire so real, the heat was felt on my sleeping frame. The silhouette of buildings and structures dancing in the fire told me it was a petroleum depot ablaze, looking very muck like one of ours. I saw no one attempting to fight the fire, nor did any around seem perturbed by it. Looking closer into the flames, it seemed the structures where not burning and people went about doing their business unharmed. Strangely though, whenever anyone came out of the blaze, they were enveloped in fire but continued whatever they were doing unhindered.
I sat up and went into my closet to begin the day as I always do, in communion, one on one with the One I owe my everything to. As I lay prose in prayer, my thoughts strayed to the dream and what life outside of these walls meant. I pondered on how peace is so easily forfeited by the ignorance of our cove and standing in the hierarchy of power. All around us, engulfed in an eternal battle of supremacy are forces far beyond our control and each days journey through life sometimes feels like a walk in the valley of the shadow of death. Yet unknown to us are the many battles won on our behalf that gives much reason to our being.
The Almighty is also known as the Consuming Fire and as I reminisced on the dream, unsure if it was a warning of danger ahead or something else, I couldn’t help but recall the story of the three Hebrew boys and their encounter with a fiery furnace. The fire indeed is the travails of life, raging uncontrollably to consume the ignorant and unprepared. A misstep here, a slumber there and the regrets we carry last for a lifetime or more. Why then were those caught in the flames not destroyed by it? I wondered, deducing then that a greater fire than that on rampage was shielding them in a bubble of peace. Such is the peace I felt that morning, knowing fully well that though the world and its troubles await, as long as I had the Consuming fire round about me, I would ever be victorious, never to be consumed by the battles I face.
Does God’s wall of fire surround you? May you find peace in Him today.