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Faith, Fear, and Fire Hydrants — 14 Comments

  1. Chip, I love the fact that you were obedient even when you weren’t sure what God was doing. I needed this reminder so much, I’ve read this post a few times now. I am guilty of allowing my insecurities affect my level of obedience. I know this an area of my faith walk that I need to work on and this post is such a great reminder to me that when I see a fire hydrant, I actually think of obedience. Thank you for sharing.

    • You’re so welcome, Jennifer. I’m not going to lie, it’s still really hard. This was just a milestone for me in my faith, and I’m glad I obeyed. Now it’s not just Amanda and Bradley that are blessed. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

  2. I appreciate this Testimony. My dad and all his brothers were firemen. We were raised a fire department family so I understand the analogy of the fire hydrant , but I also know the sense of community and family there was between all the men and their families. God desires that we be a family and a community, not an island. When my parents divorced, my mom lost that family and that community. Amanda was alone and when you stepped in, she no longer felt alone and abandoned. This really touched my heart because it showed the Lord’s love for his children and that he doesn’t want us doing this life alone.

    • Dawn, thanks so much for sharing! I fully agree that God calls his people not into isolation, but into community. I was really glad that she listened to me and had the faith to trust God. I appreciate you reading!

  3. Chip, what a great post! I appreciate your transparency. Fear is something I struggle against and embrace all at the same time. I rejoice in your boldness to take God at his word and to obey. Amanda and Bradley reaped it’s beautiful fruit! God is truly amazing and we can know Him intimately! Thank you for sharing this story!

    • You’re welcome, Callie. And thanks for reading. I completely agree. Fear can hinder us or it can move us. I can choose how I handle it, so I have to keep choosing to let it move me. Thanks for reading!

  4. Chip, wonderful testimony about joining God where He is working and reaping the blessing of obedience. Thank for sharing.

    • Thanks, Norma! I appreciate you reading. It is so nerve-wracking to be obedient sometimes. I’ve blown it far more often than I’ve nailed it. The key is to keep practicing and stay willing.

  5. Chip I really enjoy your writing it was powerful, I have been stepping out in faith over the last few years, as I have been in journey in becoming a license local pastor through the UMC. I am totally amaze how God has use me in preaching and when I have pray with others how God uses me at that time. Thanks so much for your post, I am following you as well.

    • Thanks, Eileen! First steps are usually the hardest. The doing part of our faith is like a muscle. It gets stronger the more we use it. Keep going! You’re doing great!

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