Fire and ashes seems like an unlikely topic, but nothing is further from the truth for me this cold January morning. We’ve had a two-day cold snap here in Florida, not quite freezing, but wind chills below freezing. The wind out of the northwest does not quite damage my garden because our home is on the downside of a hill, one house down from a taller house. The wind, although blowing keeps the frost from really make itself a nuisance. Garden save!
We’ve had a fire in the fireplace for 2 days. We haven’t had one in more than 2 years. When we entered into ‘Rick’s event’, and the house was remodeled to accommodate a wheel chair and walker, the fireplace tools left the house. So, how to clean it up, and what to do with the ash?
In the ensuing 2 years, I have taken to gardening for my therapy. A very small garden, for salad plants and butterfly flowers. I have wanted to plant, in a container, 2 blueberry bushes. The problem is finding the right soil. Has to be acidic and sandy. We can do ‘sandy’ very well in Florida. Where can I find the ash to help with the acidic, nutrient, fertilizer? Jesus really does love me best. I researched and find that even fake logs are made of wood and the ash from them can be used for what I need.
Fire and ash can be dangerous, as in a volcanic eruption or forest fire, or home fire. If you have ever been to Hawaii, you can also see what fire and ash has done over the years to enhance the beauty of the islands. They are really lush. A forest fire or a controlled burn, for some areas of land is extremely beneficial. Even in a home fire, altho’ there is great loss, it can be a new beginning of how we see and value our lives. In fact, even cancer in some forms gets burned off and heals up well. So there is also a cleansing fire in the spiritual realm. The fire of the Holy Spirit will burn away the ‘stuff’ that hinders our relationship with Jesus and makes our witness to others visible. God will plant in us blessing, for His glory and give us the beauty of holiness that will be felt in us and visible to the world around us.
Isaiah 61:33 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them beauty for ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.