When the Fire Dwindles
Remembering It’s About God
When the fire in our heart starts to grow dim, we must remember that it was not us who lit the flame. It is God Who first loved us. It is God who reached out to us, Who spoke to us, Who made us citizens of His heavenly kingdom. The moments and seasons in our journey where we find ourselves losing passion and wrestling with faith are often the times where God most active. Times when we doubt the strength of our own faith can be moments of grace where we are reminded that the whole of Christianity is one big generous divine gift. These trials take us away from relying on our strength and looking to God as the Author and Perfecter of our faith. When we start to loose the fire in our heart God is asking not to look to our own strength but to His mighty hand. We want to interpret these difficult times as a lack of strength in our character. In reality they are an invitation to seek deeper communion with God. We may have to redouble our efforts, but we must first cultivate the desire for relationship with God. It is only in this divine-human relationship that our strength and character will be renewed. But above all, we must
never despair and allow the evil one to convince us that we have somehow failed in the faith – or worse yet been abandoned by God – simply because one season of faith feels different than another. Each season bring its’ own trials; that is how we grow. But no one is ever abandoned by God. As St Gregory the Theologian says in one of his poems “The Healer stooped down to my unbearable pain”. This is not just a description of the saving work of Christ, but the eternal truth of the character of God. It is the posture that God ceaseless takes towards human beings. May we be encouraged by this great truth.
God be with you
– Unworthy Seraphim