Burning Away the Chaff

March 21, 2012

Fire in the Night

It is the season of burning away the old, preparing for what is to come. Setting fire to the dross can be frightening. It has become familiar, and feels like part of me. But it is not. It only keeps me from fully knowing who I am.

And so I clean closets, pulling out the tangled messes that have grown between the years. I take inventory of what I have, so I can answer rightly when a prophet asks me, “what do you have in your house?”. I am sorting, cleaning out the old, and allowing God into the open spaces. How can He fill what is already full? And so I empty and pray He fills me to the edges.  Becoming empty is frightening. What if He does not fill the ache?

He will.

In the spring, new life emerges. The charred places recede and the green spreads like joy. A cross becomes a symbol of love and sacrifice and we are grateful that the tomb is indeed empty.

Empty, so we can be filled with Love Himself. For He is love.


Isaiah 48:6 ~” “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.”

Isaiah 43:19 ~”See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Watching the Old Go

Letting it All Go




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  • Reply Flora March 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I too am in a season of endings and trying really hard to embrace new beginnings as I have a high school senior closing a chapter in his life and steady awaiting and praying that the words yet unwritten for him in his next chapter of his life will bring joy, honor and glory to our loving and never failing God. Thanks for your wonderful post and reminders of scripture as I too am having to let go and let God.

  • Reply cmo March 22, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Wise words
    Really cool images
    Blessed life with you

  • Reply Jennifer March 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    This is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I stumbed upon this by accident but it is just what my heart needed to hear today (almost a year after you wrote it)!

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