Fire consumes. What it doesn’t destroy, it changes. In nature, fire is both a destructive and constructive force — a wildfire may destroy a standing forest and drive out or eradicate the wildlife, but in so doing it clears out the underbrush and debris that can choke a forest. And some types of plant life depend on the effects of fires to grow or reproduce.
You’ve heard the term ‘trial by fire,’ which refers to the medieval practice of determining one’s guilt or innocence by subjecting the poor soul to some sort of ordeal, often walking barefoot on coals or fire. Fire walking is considered a rite of passage in many cultures. It is a test of strength, a test of courage, a test of faith.
Walking through fire takes courage. You see the fire, and you know it is dangerous and can hurt you. Yet you know you can’t go around it — it’s right in your path. You can stay on this side of it, the ‘safe’ side, where the flames cannot reach. You can stay there, but you will be standing still. If you want to proceed, you have to go through it.
In my own life, my faith, my courage, and my strength were tested by extreme circumstances, and I made it through. I have walked through the fire. Here is where you’ll find my journey and lessons I’ve learned. I hope what I have learned and experienced will be helpful to others on their own walks.
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