Incredibly gorgeous day here in Atlanta, GA. I don't know what the temp is, but feels like the high may have been around 80 degrees. Mostly sunny, so every once in a while you get the big cloud exposing a cooler breeze. Sarah asked if I wanted to perform the first barbeque of the year. I enthusiastically obliged and figured I'd teach Daniel how to prepare a charcoal grill. Something every 2 year old should know.
After stacking the perfect pyramid of Kingston briquettes and igniting them with an over abundance of Kingston lighter fluid (no, I'm not sponsored by Kingston) we lit the powpow (2-year old for "fire") and let the charcoals burn! The pyramid, for those of you who don't know, creates a shape where the charcoal briquettes become their own little oven, trapping a lot of the heat inside. By the time the flame extinguishes, the briquettes continue to heat each other and after about 15 minutes, even without a flame, all of the briquettes are white hot! My Dad taught me all this.
About 5 minutes after the flame died, I placed the top rack in its place, I guess just to see if it still fit...it did...and when I removed it, I knocked over my pyramid, scattering the charcoal in all directions...I ran inside to grab some tongs so I could re-stack them. If they stayed spread out, they'd cool and never get white hot. I'd have to re-ignite them then. I'm explaining all this to Daniel while he watched from a safe distance of 2 feet. "If the charcoals don't stay close together, they won't stay hot anymore, they need to stay close together and then they'll stay warm."
Sometimes it takes listening to yourself making things very simple for a child to grasp to understand why Jesus explained theology through simple stories. In reassembling the pyramid, I was struck by the need for community. By the danger of being alone. Iron sharpening Iron. It is not good that man be alone. There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. I am an introvert: I recharge when I'm alone...or even when I'm just with my family, but I can't ignore the fact that I greatly benefit from spending time with brothers and sisters in Christ who can not only encourage me, walk beside me and lead me, but maybe there's someone out there who needs me to help keep their fire burning. By keeping myself on the outskirts, I'm not only helping their fire die out...but I myself will soon become too cold to be of any use.
...time to flip the chicken.