Playing With Fire – Again

Yup, I’m playing with fire again. 😅 Last time was when my uncles were burning old magazines and newspapers. This time, it was a burn barrel with sticks. 🙂 The photo challenge this week from Dutch Goes The Photo is Heat, and here is my entry.  😀

Zoomed out shot of the fire in the barrel.

Zoomed in shot of the fire. It was hard to photograph fire because it jumped all over the place. It refused to stay still!

But I enjoy a challenge, and after about 100 photos, these were probably the best shots. I like the way the fire looks behind that stick. Whimsical and wispy.

Is it just me, or can you almost make out an angel in there?

And lastly, here are a few experimental shots of the fire that my camera did with the special effects. Sadly, I don’t know what the different effects are called:

Rainbow-like effects.

Reminds me of really old photos. I especially like how this one turned out for some reason.

Ever wondered what fire looks like in black and white? Well, wonder no more! 😉

I had a lot of fun playing with fire that day. Hope you enjoyed seeing the results of that. 🙂


Drastic Measures

It’s week 23 of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response – barely before the deadline, haha. 🙂 It was hard to cram this story into anywhere close to just 100 words, but I gave it a try! 😂

Image Credit Jesse Williams

Walking alone at night
Dangerously eerie
Diner’s beckoning light
Welcoming to see.

Order special surprise
Person comes inside
Wearing frightening guise
Nowhere to hide.

Demands currency
“Don’t hurt us,”
Waitress asks leniency
Safety, she asks Jesus

Get a notion.
“You hungry?”
Questioning reaction,
But plain to see.

Fallen on misfortune
Drastic measures taken
Family would stave soon
He felt forsaken.

Slides in the booth across,
“You don’t know me.”
Shrug as if at a loss,
“I was once you, see:

Life’s not kind, I know.
But you’ll be okay; it’s true!
For He feeds the sparrow
And He cares for you!

For He sent you me,
Your angel,
Didn’t He?
All will be well!”

Humility – Jesus in the Wilderness

Some of you may remember that I’m slowly studying Humility by Andrew Murray and reading through the Gospels while paying attention to His humility. I thought perhaps you all would like to read a few notes I’ve been making as I go:

Matthew 4:5-7: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, ‘He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus said unto him, “It is written again, ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.’ ”

Not only is Satan misquoting verses on Psalm 91 here, it wasn’t until a friend told me about this verse (I’m slowly working my way through the Gospels but I haven’t gotten to the end yet) that I realized how many angels Jesus had that He could have called, but didn’t:

Matthew 26:53: “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”

Legion: “a military division varying at times from 3,000 to 6,000 foot soldiers, with additional cavalrymen.” (Thank you, Webster’s dictionary.) So, my friend encouraged me to do the math here. At the very least, 3,000 X 12 = 36,000, and at the most, 6,000 X 12 = 72,000.

And He said “more than.”

That’s a lot of angels.  😮

Just think, when the mobs surrounded Him, when Satan tempted Him, and when He was sent up to Cavalry to be crucified, He could have called 36,000 – 72,000 angels – or more! – to deliver Him.

But He didn’t, because it wasn’t His will – it was the Father’s will He obeyed. Now that is what I call humility.