When is Fire Beneficial?

Red-cockaded Woodpecker , Picoides borealis, p...

Red-cockaded Woodpecker , Picoides borealis, photograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species that resides in Texas and other states of the South, requires an open growth forest without mid-story trees and plants.

Because it’s endangered and needs this specific habitat, the U.S. Forest Service conducts prescribed burns in order to eliminate invasive species and dense mid-growth. Prescribed burns benefit not only the woodpecker, but other animals and plants, including Longleaf pine, the preferred tree of the endangered bird.

When Believers are refined in the fire of a challenge, we are also presented opportunity.  The difficulty may be unwanted but each circumstance presents an opportunity to witness for God’s kingdom and His glory.

Do we crumble or do we rise to the challenge? Do we curse the struggle or embrace it with His strength? Our actions will be our testimony.

“These [troubles] have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

When you find yourself in a storm, hold fast to the One that sustains and look for opportunity to be His witness.



  1. Roz Royal · · Reply

    All this is excellent! Good stuff, Gail!

    1. Thank you for visiting, Roz.

  2. What a great insight, Gail. Our gracious God doesn’t waste a single thing, even pain.
    Blessings to you on this Independence Day!
    Hugs from VA,

    1. Thank you for visiting, Susan. I use to live in Quantico, VA where I remember the snow being piled high enough to block our front door one winter. And, oh the hill we sledded down that year! May God Bless YOU this 4th!

  3. Nice material. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will be watching yours. Lord Bless.

    1. Thanks Lee. Loved your blog and adding it to my Blogroll.

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