I didn't hop on The Hunger Games train when it first released in 2012. In fact, the only reason I got interested is because I was flipping through channels on a very rare occasion and happened upon the first installment of the series, sanitized for television. I watched it, was intrigued and proceeded to watch the other two and then finally the finale upon its release in November. The movies were well done, but the reader in me wasn't satisfied. Nothing against the movies, but I had to fill in the holes left in the condensed Hollywood script, so I read the books in about a week. Kudos to Suzanne Collins because they are almost impossible to put down until you know what is around the next twist or turn in the arena. The English teacher in me itches to dissect the themes and discuss the whys behind the whats. Take a deep breath because I do not intend to do that here.
One phrase, and I am paraphrasing here, stayed with me (for the exception of the lyrics to The Hanging Tree, which I cannot get out of my head). Katniss, the movie's heroine, is addressing President Snow, the villain, when she says, "Fire is catching and if we burn, you burn with us!"
When I type 'fire' in the search box for the ESV version on bible gateway.com, 430 references pop up. In Acts 2, Pentecost plays out. A mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire, and then God-inspired Old testament referencing, in your face you killed Him, say you're sorry, massive repent-provoking Peter-preached sermons. Fire is catching, and eventually, they burned. . .with passion, passion for Christ. And the church grew in numbers and strength. . .and the fire continued to spread.
When is the last time I felt that fire in my belly for the Lord? The passionate, all consuming desire to burn with the fervor of the Holy Spirit, my desire for His power to catch. . .
This morning, I pray through this, pray for fire. When is the last time I read God's Word, unable to put it down? When is the last time I experienced the thrill of digging deeper-not for a project, or a novel, or a blog, but just to grow closer to the One who is so powerful He appears in pillars of fire and burning bushes?
I'm covered in conviction this morning, but my hope is in the One that burns with an all consuming love for me.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.