The sweltering staleness of August made perfect weather for hunting in the field next to our apartment complex. The dry grass, over 2-feet high like a field of wheat, was great for capturing grasshoppers, locusts, and butterflies. Mason jar and magnifying glass in hand, this seven-year old boy spent hours catching and studying bugs in the hot summer sun.
I’d learned years earlier that a magnifying glass had another function besides looking closely at tiny bugs. Holding the magnifier at the proper angle to the sun can create fire. There, in that tinder-dry tall grass, I started a fire that spread nearly as fast as my heart raced.
I put the fire out by stomping the ground and beating it with a blanket.
The Bible compares the power of fire to the things we say. The tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles (James 3:5). Every fire begins with just a small spark, but that spark can grow to destroy an entire forest or even a city as more fuel is available.
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no gossip, strife ceases (Proverbs 26:20).