There is something God likes about fire and how it purifies.
We burned down a house we payed for. On purpose.
It was Barry’s brilliant idea to burn the ugly brown house. It was cheaper than bulldozing and way more fun.
I didn’t even know you could donate a house to be burned by your local fire dept. Don’t get any ideas if you’re just tired of your carpet. There are quite a few hoops to jump through.
We worked with the Springdale Fire Dept to use the house as training for their team. They worked in the house for three weeks leading up to the major event. They even flew in a New York Fire Dept firemen for extra training on new equipment and techniques. There were days if you drove by our property a man might be jumping out of a window or cutting a hole in the roof.
The house was a smoldering pile of charred bricks and stone within one hour.
We had to stand further back because the heat was so intense. The popping and moaning sounds the house made as God paved the way for our dream to be built, kept us all still and quiet. New neighbors walked up to see the spectacle. It was an intense and holy few minutes.
Fire leaves nothing behind. Except a few stones to remember the past and build on for the future.
I appreciated the idea that I never had to wonder what happened in our living room or our daughter’s bedroom before we arrived. We were getting a fresh start. Such a gift.
Not until we had scheduled the burn with the city did I start to wonder why our renovation plans hadn’t worked out like we had imagined.
I know God uses fire to refine, purify and make holy. His fire creates new growth and a fresh start. It’s also a visual statement for all to recognize He is doing a new thing.
God describes Himself as a consuming fire.
We had been praying for His fire to consume us – to purify our hearts, create a fresh start for our family, burn away the distractions, grant us a holy place to honor Him and land that can bring glory through you to Him.
God doesn’t do things half way. Sometimes, He has to go back to the beginning. . . like burn the house down we just purchased to get our attention of something big and new and good He is about to do.
And when God’s powerful fire shows up it makes the front page of the local newspaper.