Fire & Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
“Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost
Glacial ice grinding, scraping, churning, plowing. Carving rock and earth like a warm knife slips through a butter cube.
Wildfire, innocently ignited by a solitary strike of lightning anchored momentarily to the earth. Encouraged by the forest’s breath, a raging inferno emerges that consumes all but mineral along its march.
The scars of these forces are obviously evident at Glacier National Park. Wild, rugged, ruthless terrain that is in a state of constant change.
In his brief poem, Robert Frost likened the carnage caused by these natural forces to the destructive potential of desire and hatred. Nearly a hundred years after the poem was first published, I believe Mr. Frost’s comparison remains accurate. And the more I ponder his words, all the more I believe desire and hatred to be more powerful than the forces of nature.
In regards to the people mentioned in the first line, I ascribe to the belief that the end will come by fire. To wit:
2 Peter 3:3-7 (NIV) states: ‘First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘where is this “coming” he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and with water. By water also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.’