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The Miracle of Fire

Suzanne Faith, That's Life

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Have you seen in the news that there are lots of forest fires in Yellowstone? They’re from lightning strikes, and they’re natural and necessary. 

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Yellowstone is mostly volcanic, so the soil quality is very poor and there’s less variety of plant life. One tree thrives there…lodge pole pine trees. Natives Americans used them for teepees or lodges, because they’re a long, tall tree with a canopy or crown of branches at the top, filled with pine cones that might stay on the tree for 30+ years. Just waiting. 

Waiting for the right temperature and the right timing.  

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In a forest fire, the crown of the lodgepole pine tree bursts into flames for 25 seconds. The resin inside the pine cones needs 25 seconds to melt…the cone opens and new seeds burst out. Less than 25 seconds means that the resin won’t melt. More than 25 seconds means that the new seeds are destroyed. 

The scorched earth will soon have millions of new lodgepole pine tree seedings—two million per acre. It’s called the Miracle of Fire. I call it the genius of our Creator.

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“And He is before all things; in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17, ESV).


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