My family has been watching a survival show this summer. It’s cool and survivaly.
After one episode where a guy traps a mouse and eats it, my son wanted to build a trap, too. I told him I was not interested in killing animals for no reason, but I gave him a couple survival books I have that showed how traps were made.
The odds of him actually doing one and catching an animal are slim to none. Trust me.
In one of my books I found the trap section and read a list of recommendations for trapping animals.
–snare birds in their nests
–put a minnow on a fish-hook by shore and let a bird get caught
–jam a sharp stick into hollow trees
–set snares on game trails
and so on. This list concluded a chapter on making traps and hunting animals. The very last option given in this list concluding the chapter is this:
If you are still without food after experimenting with these methods, set the woods or grassland on fire and wait for the game to break through.
That, my friends, is hilarious. If all else fails: light the woods on fire. I can see me sitting in the charred ruins of a forest with still no meat and now no shelter. Although I am warm.
“Light the woods on fire” is a move of desperation. “Do not use this method except as a last resort” the book says. I made sure to let my son know that before starting the yard on fire, just come in and get a sandwich.
You have to admire the guy who lights the woods on fire in a desperate struggle to get food. This guy is all in. How badly do you want food? Enough to light the woods on fire?
The Bible talks about spiritual life and the necessity for spiritual food for spiritual growth. How badly do you want to grow spiritually? Do you know you are in a pretty rough spiritual survival situation on earth?
You really have to make the time and find the energy to survive spiritually. What are you willing to do to get spiritual food? Are you willing to light the woods on fire to get it?! (Metaphorically speaking, of course)
I think this is what Jesus meant when He said that stuff about giving away your money and hating your family to follow Him. He’s telling you to light your woods on fire.
People read Jesus’ words and think, “That’s not practical! That makes no sense!” It doesn’t make sense to those who have no real need to get what Jesus wants them to get.
But it makes perfect sense if you’re desperate for spiritual food. Follow Jesus: light your woods on fire!