Recently Shepherdess Sarah Flores mentioned in her testimony about the Torchlighters video based on John Wesley’s life story. I was interested and watched it with Mary Angeline. The video begins with a young John Wesley being saved from a house fire. When he was returned to his mother she said, “God has saved you, just like the Bible says: ‘a brand snatched from the burning’. He must have something special for you to do, something very special indeed.” These words stayed with John throughout his life. The video concludes with him field preaching and he repeats,“All of us are as a brand plucked out of the fire.” This expression stuck out to me. When I looked it up online I saw it was based on Zechariah 3:2. The Lord says, “Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
This video vividly illustrates Gods saving grace in John Wesley’s life. When God plucks brands from the fire he uses them preciously for his special purpose. Many times it seemed that my life was almost taken away, due to my sins, health matters, life’s tragedies, or sense of failure. But God showed me his saving grace in Jesus Christ time and time again. When I wonder why, it makes me think about John Wesley’s mother who said, “He must have something special for you to do, something very special indeed.”
These days there is the pandemic going on worldwide and nationwide unrest with protests, and riots. In the midst of this fearful hostile situation are many students suffering like John Wesley in the house fire. Sometimes I get carried away with the news but God has set my life aside as a shepherd to find harassed and helpless students, even online, and help them find peace in Jesus Christ. Thank you Shepherdess Sarah for your testimony and I hope you all enjoy the video!