Many agree that for humans, wildfires are disastrous. The immediate effect of these natural phenomena can be property loss, health complications, and Lord forbid-
I acknowledge the tragic reality of wildfires first because, as many ecologists will acknowledge. Wildfires also can find themselves being vital to the health of certain biomes.
It seems contrary to logic (e.g., how wildfires affect us), however, wildfires can spark new true growth by causing seeds to spring forth from cones, nutrients trapped on forest floors are released and assisted by ash, and natural diversity is fortified.
Fires are necessary in healthy forests.
So, what does this have to do with us?
Well, I did not mention that it takes nearly 30 to 40 years for most trees to be restored to their original glory.
The Bible ensures believers that trials are going to come (John 16:33). Our faith is going to tried.
Nevertheless, we know that God uses trials, hard times, and struggles for His glory and to better us (Romans 8:28). Christ’s power is magnified, when we are in a state of graceful humility (2 Corinthians 12:1-9).
Know this though, struggles may not instantly mature you in Christ, maturation and experience come with time (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)! Like a forest goes through the process of succession beginning from ash until filled with large, healthy trees, so go the believer who studies and grows in the faith, unshaken by the madness of the world around.
And remember, the wildfires around you are not fiercer than the God who overcame the world (Ephesians 6:10)