God has given me the opportunity to serve as the Mentor Mom for my local MOPS group. In this position, I use the theme set for the year by MOPS International, and share my thoughts on how it ties into motherhood. The theme for this year is “Find Your Fire”. I pray that my posts in the coming months would encourage you and challenge you. I pray that this year would be a year of transformation for you and that you will . . . “Find Your Fire.”
I watched her shrink back in fear as I approached. Behind me, her brothers danced in the darkness, each holding a single sparkler in hand. I told her it would be ok. I reminded her of the many times she had held a sparkler before and how much she loved to dance in its light. She remembered too; but that memory couldn’t hold back the fear she had of getting burnt. I gently took her small hand in mine, and together we lit her sparkler. I watched as her fear melted away and joy came over her face. She grinned at me, and then took off with sparkler held high to dance in the darkness.
She reminds me so much of myself. You see, I too shrink back into the darkness, at times, afraid of getting burnt. Fear of the unknown, fear of whether I’m capable, fear of losing control . . . it all holds me back. It holds me back from fanning the fire within me.
Fire. It’s within each of us. It’s that God given spark, that passion that flows from the depths of our souls. Within each on of us, is the desire to do something specific, something that we were created by God to do. I recently read a piece by Shauna Niequest entitled, “Be Who God Created You to Be”. In it, she references Job 37:5-6. It says,
“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’”
She goes on to say, “So God says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth.’ That’s it. Just do one thing. Just fall. And then He says to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ Essentially, He’s saying: Just do the thing I’ve actually created you to do. You’re rain … so rain. You’re snow … so snow. I love the simplicity of that, the tremendous weight it takes off my shoulders. God’s asking me to be the thing He’s already created me to be. And He’s asking you to be the thing He’s already created you to be. He doesn’t tell the snow to thaw and become rain, or the rain to freeze itself into snow. He says, essentially: Do your thing. Do the thing you love to do, what you’ve been created to do.”
What were your created to do? What spark did God plant within your soul that He is longing to turning into a blazing fire?
This year . . . we are going to tend our God given fires. Think about what our lives would look like if we chose to LIVE EXPECTANTLY: to laugh more often, to have more fun, and start doing those things we were created to do. What would it look like if we chose to SURRENDER DARINGLY: to let go of unrealistic expectations and our need to always be in control, and to trust that God is fighting for us and that He has a good plan for our lives? What would it look like if we chose to BREATHE FREELY: to remember that we are loved, we are enough, and the God has place a fire within each one of us?
This is the year, friend. This is the year that we will tend our God given fires. This is the year that you . . . FIND YOUR FIRE.