I enjoyed my successful bonfire last night after bringing out myriads of paper to the northwest woods from my downsized files. Culling out handouts from old teaching material is difficult for me to do, you just never know when you might be able to use something in the future. I keep it all. I also have a theory about why people have fireplaces, it is because they can’t stir the embers of a regular old bonfire under the stars. Primitive it may be but for us, it is a necessity to burn all the broken down trees along with our trash.
Today I went to investigate how the paper and wood did. The bonfire went down to white ashes thanks to a mighty, strong south wind. Reflecting on bonfires I was looking at II Chronicles 14:10 earlier where King Asa was a good king for Israel and won a great victory against all odds. Asa prayed thus: “O Lord, there is none like you to help the powerless against the strong. Help us, O Lord, our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. You are the Lord, our God; let no man prevail against you.”
Asa and his people were obedient to God and it went well with him for 35 years, then, as king, he did his own thing and it did NOT go well. In fact, by chapter 15 he gets into disobedience by relying on allegiances with man instead of God. Asa died after leading for 41 years. His people honored him with a bonfire at his funeral.
Bonfires have a sweet and melancholy mystery to them. Yet they are for destruction of my wastepaper and redundant twigs in our back woods. May it be that Ken and I in returning to our posts in Almaty, Kazakhstan will obey Him for as the former King David knew, “It is better to obey than to sacrifice.” Also, may our lights so shine before men…