Hmmm… I wonder what God is really like. She thought about all the different ways she had heard people describe God. From an old man sitting on a throne to a hippie Jesus to a vague force in the sky, it seemed everyone had their own idea of what God was like. Maybe I should just ask God what He’s like, she thought.
“Hey, God! Would you show me You – who You really are?”
She closed her eyes and waited.
Would He show Himself as the Jesus she always pictured – a kind looking man in a white robe and wearing sandals? Or would He be an older man with a long white beard? Or maybe He’d be more like a ghost, transparent and floating through the air.
It didn’t take long for her mind’s eye to see the room where she was sitting. In through the door came a great big ball of fire, only she knew somehow that it was a great big ball of love. It hovered there for a few minutes, then disappeared.
God is a ball of fire? A fiery ball of love?
As she thought about it, she remembered reading in the Bible how He revealed Himself as fire to the Israelites. And that He called Himself a consuming fire. And in Song of Songs, love is described as a blazing fire.
Wow! God is a ball of fire!
And she thanked God for loving her enough to answer her request is such an unexpected and amazing way.
Ex 13:21 The LORD led the Israelites by night in a pillar of fire.
Ex 19:18 the LORD descended on Mount Sinai in fire
Ex 24:17 to the Israelites the glory of the LORD looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.
Deut 9:3, repeated in Heb 12:29 the LORD your God is a consuming fire.
Song of Songs 8:6 for love… burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.