Torching Wet Blankets

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It’s a chilly night, and I’m out in the forest with some friends enjoying a meal by the campfire. The chill is against our backs as we chow down on some baked beans and hot dogs, which taste twice as good mixed with the smell of smoke in the cool night air. Our conversation is woven with laughter, which occasionally sends mouthfuls of half-chewed beans into the fire. It’s one of those good nights. As the fire turns to glowing red embers, we zip into our sleeping bags and begin to drift into slumber.

Heavy raindrops pelting the roof of our tent pulls me from sleep. As a cold sensation begins to creep up my feet, I realize something’s wrong. Our tent is leaking! Me and my two tent-mates decide to jump into our other friend’s small (but not leaking) tent. We grab our sleeping bags and pile in. Four people and a dog in a two person tent. Talk about close quarters!

It was – quite literally – a wet blanket on a relaxing and fun night. Though I look back and laugh at it now, it was pretty uncomfortable being cold, wet, and cramped for a night.
There are wet blankets that gets thrown on the heart, too. We’ve all been there in some way, and it’s a lot harder to laugh when we think about those times. We may have lost a loved one, we may have dug ourselves into a financial hole, we may have found ourselves in dark mental state. It’s cold. It’s soggy. It’s not a good time. You may find yourself under a wet blanket now. You need to know something:

God can burn your wet blanket and bring you into His warm, amazing presence.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
– Psalm 30:11-12 NLT

Whatever your wet blanket may be, God can burn it away. We just need to cry out to our Father, who wants to bless us as a Father blesses a son or daughter. Find your peace and comfort in Him. I’ve been there. A beautiful joy is the product of His mercy burning away sorrow. He took away my soggy clothes of mourning and gave me fresh joyful clothes, strait out of the dryer. Turn to Him wholeheartedly, and He won’t turn you away.

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