Slow Down! Where’s The Fire?

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2 Corinthians 5:7

 2016 Frieda P. Smith

My mother, the late Isabel Pearson, had to be one of the calmest and coolest women who ever lived.  She had this real slow walk; she was short, but she always held her head high.  It seemed as if she was gliding on air.  She was never in a hurry to get anywhere, but managed to get everywhere on time.

Of course, as youngsters, we would want to pick up the pace.  Her response would always be, “Slow down.  Where’s the fire?”

You see, when there is a fire, we begin to panic, and the first thing we do is start running; we go from zero to one hundred in ten seconds.  Unfortunately, for some believers, we have a bad habit of doing the same thing when things start getting a little shaky in our lives.

However, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to the believers in the church at Corinth, “For we walk by faith, and not by sight.”

My friends, it is the assignment of the adversary to bring negative pictures into our vision; pictures that will cause us to panic and want to flee. We may begin to try to rush God,, and when He is taking too long, start moving ahead of Him (is anyone guilty of that besides me?).

However, listen to the voice of the Apostle Paul; he declared, “We walk by faith…”.

Walk—not run.  Walk.

The voice of Isabel Pearson echoes the Apostle Paul all of the time in my ears.

Slow down! Where’s the fire?

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