There is something mesmerising about fire. Something about the way it glimmers and gleams, throwing round shadowy shapes while also shedding light on all that’s around. Its warmth draws people in, creating an atmosphere for sharing and making memories. As the night grows, and the time to turn in draws near, one always wishes to linger just a little longer in the warmth and contentment around the fire. We’ve experienced these same attributes so often when spending time in the presence of God through worship and fellowship. Being drawn in by the warmth of His presence and family, wanting to linger just a little longer where the comfort and joy and glory of God is poured out.
On 25 March 2017, JoshGen had a combined bonfire worship evening to spend time praising and worshipping God together. The night started out with preparing boerie roll buns, getting the fire blazing, and setting up equipment for worship. By the time everyone arrived, conversations were rolling and everything was ready for the night. Although worship might have started out quite serene, tempos quickly rose as a freedom to praise God broke out over us all. For many it created a space where they could step out of their comfort zones and do, say, and sing whatever the Lord was laying on their hearts. Being reserved and quiet during worship was certainly not the theme. Rather, we were going crazy for God, praising His name as we sing:
“I will Dance, I will sing, to be mad for my King. Nothing Lord is hindering the passion in my soul. And I'll become even more undignified than this!”.
When it’s for God and when realizing who He truly is, we cannot but fuel the fire within us by shouting, singing, dancing and joining the praise-train to glorify His name. All of this flowed into a time of ministry and prayer as people stepped out for God to work in their hearts, asking for His guidance.
The night ended off with boerie rolls, good conversation and roasting marshmallows by the fire, where many stayed as long as they could. While taking in the last moments of family time, testimonies, stories, a few jokes and much laughter was shared around the fire. There really is no other place we would rather be than with our spiritual family, enjoying time with God and time with each other.