FIERCE FIRE

By: Robert Buseley Jr.

“…because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” Daniel 3:29 (KJV)

​The raging glass fire continued to spread around Sonoma and Napa Counties in California, according to the update shared by Cal Fire (2020). It consumed around 51,266 acres of land, forcing nearby residents to evacuate their shelters and property as the fire was declared an immediate threat to life. Smoke and heat had covered the area, and the winds made it even harder for the fire department to subdue the flames; despite their efforts, only two percent had been contained. 

Savidge (2020) reported that the fire started a little before four in the morning of Sunday in an area north of St. Helena, where a firefighter radioed to dispatchers that he was seeing “very, very large flames” “spreading rapidly.” Dispatchers named it “Glass Fire” after nearby Glass Mountain Road. Still, the cause of the said fire was under investigation as I read the news story.

Around the world the Adventist community conducted prayer rallies because, aside from the residents and property, Elmshaven, St. Helena Hospital, and Pacific Union College were among the Adventist institutions in the area. In a Facebook post on September 28, General Conference President Ted Wilson urged the whole congregation to continue praying for the people affected by the fire. He also upheld the upcoming General Conference theme that says: “Jesus is coming! Get Involved!”  

I thought of Daniel’s friends’ fiery furnace experience in the face of their most significant challenge that would have caused their death. They stood their ground and exclaimed, “if it is so, our God whom we serve can deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king, (Daniel 3:17, KJV). They professed their great faith to God, which later resulted in an experience of deliverance and communion with God. Even the king himself exclaimed in the end that “the God whom Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego served was worthy to be worshipped”. Indeed, in the face of thefierce fire, surrendering everything to God is the best option knowing that He will deliver His children.  

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