Where There Is No Smoke

Yesterday, I had breakfast with a friend.  Life discussions were flowing as I saw a vision of a wheat field.  The sky was blue.  It looked like a peaceful day until I saw the flames in the distance as the wheat field began to catch fire.  The odd part was the lack of smoke that was coming from the flames.

Through wisdom of other believers (the body of Christ) some insight was gained:

“It seems like an attack from the enemy trying to prevent the promised harvest.  We should pray to the Lord of the Harvest for laborers/warriors to thwart the plan of the enemy.  We should also fully trust the Lord’s sovereignty and know that He will us the fire to refine us and make us ready for the harvest.” -TS

“I googled a bit and turns out you can burn wood with almost no smoke if the wood is very pure and seasoned and you’re using the equipment correctly (i.e. wood stove), when you have no smoke the wood is burning very efficiently…. Believers will rise up pure and seasonedThey’ll burn efficiently for Jesus.  No smoke screens.  No hiding behind a nice little Christian façadeThey will be transparent and honest.  People will look at them and see the fire.” -DV

“I did feel like God may have told me that there is no smoke because He leaves no trace of what He burns away.” -JR

Matt. 13:24-30 parable of the weeds comes to mind…. Not sure if this is your inner life or relational life, but I’m getting a sense that the truth will be on display when it’s all said and done….” -MP

The image would not get out of my head the whole day.  I came home and painted what I saw….


I had the same feeling when I initially saw the image.  A refiner’s fire.  It may “burn” when God purifies us, but like what was said – there is no trace of what was burned away.  He makes us pure.

The past two years these verses have been strangely comforting for me:

1 Peter 1:6-8

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Though the fires may come, the genuineness of our faith will come forth through all kinds of trials, but through it all Jesus will be revealed.

Kingdom Come.

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