A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. Isaiah 42:3

I love camping. There isn’t anything like building a fire, roasting marshmallows, and making yourself an ooey, gooey s’more. When you wake up in the morning after a night of indulging on marshmallows and graham crackers, there is just a remnant of ash, reminiscent of an all-consuming fire.

It may look like all hope is lost.

However, when you begin to move the ashes around you will see that there are red-hot embers burning underneath. Those embers still have a little fire left in them and when you put some kindling on top and begin to fan the flame, the fire will reignite.

Some of you might feel like you have been cast away or feel like your fire has burnt out, but there is a hidden fire within you. Trust me, I’ve felt ice cold in my walk with God at times. If you feel that way today, I promise that there is still an ember burning in your life beneath any ash of failure or lack of ambition. How do I know this? Because this scripture says that God will not break you when you are bruised and He will not extinguish your flame. God can rekindle your passion, your peace, and your joy. Call out to Him today.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would find the embers that are buried beneath the ashes of defeat and restore my love and joy for You. Reignite my passion so it kindles a fire in other people’s hearts. I love you.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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