Controlled burn

I’m propped up in a rather comfy bed at a Holiday Inn Express in Memphis, TN. I’m using the gloriously free Internet, and there are Rendezvous ribs in my future. My world is at peace.

There will be good church tonight. There has been good church for two days already. Church is good. Church burns up your dead ground and makes room for new growth. You can’t have new growth until the old junk is cleared away.

You know how farmers and ranchers burn their fields from time to time so that they can grow back thick and green and lush? I think sometimes we need to just go ahead and let things in our lives burn away so that we can grow back better.

And I know it can be a scary thing, watching your land burn, but the end results make it all worth it. You’ve got rich, green grass instead of crunchy, dry, dead grass that has no nutrition. You’ve got a soft and tender heart that the Lord can speak to. You are teachable; you are malleable. You are useable. And that’s what God’s looking for; people who are useable, people who are willing and obedient. His Word says those people will eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19).

You know, God is in the restoration business. And there’s nobody better at bringing beauty out of the ashes than our Heavenly Father. He’s the ultimate Home Makeover. He’s the heart makeover, He’s the life makeover, He’s the family makeover. He wants to be whatever kind of makeover you need. Let Him get started on you!