Looking for an illustration for some upcoming messages, I stumbled across this image.  Amazingly I have had several dreams over the last few years with an image similar to it.

A few years back, as some of you know, I had some surgery that went south in a hurry … touch and go they said … after an artery was accidentally cut.  After a week in the hospital, I returned home, and the first night as I lay in bed, somewhere between sleep and awake (and who knows, lots of drugs), I saw this fire come from heaven and saw my heart aglow or on fire.

What this meant, at the time, I did not know, though I took it as a sign of healing, and purifying, and maybe even suggesting that God was not yet done with me.  That night and that image has stuck with me.

Since then, it has happened on on several more occasions … generally in a dream or in that almost-asleep-yet-awake time.  Each time I have also “heard” a voice speaking.  Generally it is just a short phrase or a word … but I will leave that for now … since I am still praying/meditating over this.

Along these lines, I heard the Crabb Family sing this song a few years at Angola Prison … “Through the Fire.”

So many times I’ve questioned certain circumstances of things I could not understand; and many times in trials, weakness blurs my vision, and my frustration gets so out of hand;

It’s then I am reminded I’ve never been forsaken;
I’ve never had to stand the test alone;
As I look at all the victories, the Spirit rises up in me; it’s through the fire my weakness is made strong.

He never promised that the cross would not get heavy,
and the hill would not be hard to climb;
He never offered victories without fighting,
but He said help would always come in time;

just remember when you’re standing in the valley of decision,
and the adversary says “give in,” just hold on;our Lord will show up;
and He will take you through the fire, again.

I know, within myself, that I would surely perish;
but if I trust the hand of God, He’ll shield the flames again…Again!

He never promised That the cross would not get heavy,
and the hill would not be hard to climb;
He never offered victories without fighting,
but He said help would always come in time;

just remember when you’re standing
in the valley of decision, and the adversary says “give in,”
just hold on; our Lord will show up;
and He will take you through the fire, again.

So, just hold on; our Lord will show up;
and He will take you through the fire, again.