Two wounded soldiers fighting on foreign ground are saved from the battlefield by a civilian. They find refuge from the war within a deep forest, filled with dangers. As the darkness creeps in, the civilian goes forward to forge a path to safety, and the soldiers are faced with a dilemma - wait in the darkness for their saviour to return, or find their own path to safety. The soldiers were warned however - there are things in this forest, dangerous things, drawn to the light of the flame. Do not light fires.
This story is inspired by Isaiah 50:11 - "But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.”The passage uses the image of a fire, or flaming torch, to illustrate people's own pride, turning from God's plan to make their own path through life. I am using the image of a dark forest and flaming torches to ask the question of how we approach patience and trust in a time of darkness.