Reflecting back over my week of spring break . . . it was a good week! Lots of productivity sprinkled in with lots of time for rest and relaxation. We decided to pass on “going anywhere” for my little break from teaching. Instead it was a great opportunity to spend some time working/relaxing at CHR, our country place, and with my folks. So we packed up the truck with all our gear, and of course our dog.
One of the things that needed to be done this week was to help my dad out with clearing out some scrub brush and then burning. So while my sweet man was cutting trees and brush at our place, I stayed and helped my dad. What a sweet time we shared. One of the good things about spending time with Dad is his sharing memories, his wisdom, and most of all – his love for God.
So while working alongside him, chopping, cutting, pulling and hauling small brush to the burn pile — I learned some lessons about burning brush and about the secret of my own burning heart.
We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, fires are set ablaze, and we are given wonderful visions; but then we must learn to maintain the secret of the burning heart— a heart that can go through anything. It is the simple, dreary day, with its commonplace duties and people, that smothers the burning heart— unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.
Much of the distress we experience as Christians comes not as the result of sin, but because we are ignorant of the laws of our own nature. For instance, the only test we should use to determine whether or not to allow a particular emotion to run its course in our lives is to examine what the final outcome of that emotion will be. Think it through to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something that God would condemn, put a stop to it immediately. But if it is an emotion that has been kindled by the Spirit of God and you don’t allow it to have its way in your life, it will cause a reaction on a lower level than God intended. That is the way unrealistic and overly emotional people are made. And the higher the emotion, the deeper the level of corruption, if it is not exercised on its intended level. If the Spirit of God has stirred you, make as many of your decisions as possible irrevocable, and let the consequences be what they will. We cannot stay forever on the “mount of transfiguration,” basking in the light of our mountaintop experience (see Mark 9:1-9). But we must obey the light we received there; we must put it into action. When God gives us a vision, we must transact business with Him at that point, no matter what the cost.
I want that heart that can go through anything . . . even in the most mundane days.
I want that heart that has been kindled by the Spirit . . . on the mountaintop or in the desert.
I want that heart that burns inside me . . . because I am abiding in Jesus.