Fire in a Forest


There exists a vast forest named Heart.
It is home to beautiful trees, rivers and wildlife.
But deep within these woods also lived horrible beasts.
Hiding among the shadows, they work to hunt down their prey.
Especially so in the dark of Night.

I live in this forest.
Encountering these beasts many times I have,
But somehow their attacks I survived.
Bruised and frightened I may have been, but still I am barely alive.

It was my forest, yet I could do nothing to protect it
From the darkness that haunts it.
The darkness that never belonged here.
No matter how hard I fought, I lost more than I won.

Sometimes I would look at the goodness of the forest
And wonder if it was created or kept by a Higher Being.
If He exists and had the power to make it this way,
He would have the power to rid me of my predators.
I was weak, but was I alone?

One day I came to the center of the forest.
There I found a desolate campsite.
There I met the Keeper of the forest.

At the camp, He lit a Fire.
A campfire it was that would keep the beasts away.
A fire of Light, Warmth and Safety.
I was finally free from the grasp of evil.
But not for very long I fear.

Before He departed, the Keeper left me with these words,
“The fire can only burn for so long before it dies out.
Call out for me anytime.
I will surely answer and come back with Firewood
That will last you for the coming days.”

These Words I kept and Him I sought daily.
In the darkest of Night and in the brightest of Day.
Sometimes I think that I do not need Him or His fire in the Day.
But I brushed those thoughts aside in gratitude to Him.

As I kept His Word, He kept His promise.
No matter how dark it gets in the Heart,
The Wolves of Lust, Bears of Ferocity
And Serpents of Lies have no power over me.

How have I survived thus far?
Because never once did I ever walk alone.
As long as I have the Keeper,
I will have a fire no darkness can extinguish.

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