“Oh who can make a log burn? I’m sure I can’t, can you?”

This morning I took my Bible and coffee down to the woodstove room in order to spend a few minutes alone with God before the day started. The fire had died down overnight to the point that only a few tiny sparks remained among the grey ashes. I crinkled up pages of old newspaper and threw them in, and then piled on the smallest logs from the rack. But even the paper refused to light.

I only had a few minutes to enjoy the quiet before I needed to get ready for the day, and didn’t want to spend the whole time trying to start the fire, so I gave up and sat down to pray.

Just as I was finishing my coffee and about to close my Bible, it happened.

Suddenly, fire!

Astonishing. Beautiful. Miraculous.

Mysterious forces had been working while I just sat there praying. And though I had made some small effort earlier, clearly it was not I who made it happen.

A few hours later, I was at church, sitting in a circle of about a dozen people discussing servant leadership. Becca Fuller said something about the fact that no matter how much effort we put into trying to help someone, really it’s only prayer that makes anything happen. As she spoke, I realized that I’d been given a vivid illustration of the roles of both work and prayer a few hours earlier.

Astonishing. Beautiful. Miraculous.

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3 Responses to "“Oh who can make a log burn? I’m sure I can’t, can you?”"

  1. thyrkas says:

    Wow, Tracey! Now that’s inspiring! A Holy Spirit created object lesson custom-designed for you and your Sunday School class. What a mighty God we serve!

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  2. Jacque says:

    So true. Prayer is the solution and it keeps that hope alive! The song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, comes to mind–take everything to Him in prayer.

    Love, love your new site. It’s light and airy and very pleasing to the eye.

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