GUEST POST: Let the Fire Fall

By Cliff Barrows

When I was 10 years old, my father took me to Yosemite National Park in California. And, there at Camp Curry (which is today called Curry Village®), the National Park guide was talking to us about Glacier Point – the face of the mountain that extends more than 7,000 feet above Camp Curry, commanding your attention from the valley floor.

He explained that on the top of that mountain, workers had been amassing wood and debris and had been burning it all day so that it was a huge mass of coals. He said to us, “Come back at 9 o’clock tonight and you’ll see a sight you’ve never seen before.”

Well, we were there. I had a hold of my dad’s hand. And, there was the guide, adjusting his signature park ranger hat. He was looking at his watch and said, “Alright, it’s 9 o’clock. Let’s listen. We’ll hear a voice from up on top of the mountain.”

All of sudden, we heard, “Are you ready, Camp Curry?”

Our guide cupped his hands and shouted up, “We … are … ready! Let the fire fall!”

And, up on the mountain, there were guys with pusher boards with poles. They pushed that great big pile off the ledge, and those coals cascaded down the face of the mountain.

We all said, “Oh, look at that.” They did that time and time again. They stopped it now many years ago.

But, in my own mind and heart, I know many times the Spirit of God has said to me, “Are you ready, Cliff? Do you want Me to pour out My power upon you? To let Me work in this area of your life so that I can be manifested? And, being convicted, I’ve said, “O God, I am ready. Let the fire of your Holy Spirit fall in my life as never before.”

Today, my prayer is again, Philippians 3:10 (in the Amplified version) which says “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death.”

Yosemite Firefall
Yosemite Firefall. Photographed by Richard Marklin on May 18, 1963.
Cliff Barrows

Clifford Burton Barrows (born April 6, 1923 in Ceres, California) is the longtime music & program director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has been a part of BGEA since 1949. He is best known as the host of Graham’s weekly Hour of Decision radio program, and the songleader and choir director for the crusade meetings. Cliff appears regularly at The Cove, including SeniorCelebration events and Christmas at The Cove. Visit for more info.

16 thoughts on “GUEST POST: Let the Fire Fall”

  1. This is wonderful!”Oh, God.Let the fire of Your Holy Spirit fall in my life as never before.” A needed prayer and needed in my life also. Time is short,He tells us! Thank you so much for the reminder of this urgent prayer in our lives and mine and the beautiful story of the firefall. I was born in1963.For many years growing up our family would go to Yosemite and I loved it. It was in the winters and I learned to ice skate there. This Beautiful place and a beautiful picture of what God does in our lives, if we would just ask. I’m asking. Thanks for your encouragement. God Bless you!

  2. Mr Barrows is an inspiration to me. I love the way he explains Scriptures using such vivid illistrations. May God bless him all the way home!

  3. I heard this story many years ago, but had been unable to find it again. Made reference to it, but incomplete info. It’s a powerful illustration! Thank you, Cliff. Was watching you and Bev. being interviewed lately, and the thought came to me: “The Lord is waiting His Return just a while longer, and Cliff and Bev, and Dr. Graham will witness it!” Hope so!

  4. Thank you for sharing Bro. Cliff the memories of our childhood are some of the most memorable and vivid. May GOD bless you and keep you close, and send a revival to our land. I don’t have such a natural event in which to share but I do have the recollection of my grandfather ‘s shining loving eyes as he shared Jesus with me and on Sundays when I visited. He went home to be with the LORD in 1996 and as the Apostle Paul wrote I have endeavered to keep up the good fight in his abscense may God bless you Bro. Billy and George Bev. Shea you know I love to sing and praise GOD for everything . Your friend william tabony

  5. I visited Yosemite this summer, and actually watched the outdoor film that showed this! I can only imagine what a spiritual experience it was to have actually been there, seeing this first hand.

  6. I had the privilege of hearing Mr Barrows speak and sing at the North American Mission Board about three years ago. The Spirit of God breathed on all of us that day, and it is a memory I will always cherish. God bless you and keep you, Mr Barrows.

  7. What a wonderful illustration. We met Cliff in Spain in 1956 I believe and then saw him ten years later in Laussane and he remembered our names.
    What a memory! Please give him our love.
    Paul and Amelia Garza

  8. I am sure as a young boy of ten at the time, Mr. Barrows must have been awe struck as the Fire Fell from the mountain. This was an awesome story and I can only imagine what a wonderful experience this was. I never was fortune enough to have been to any of the Crusades have watched them on TV for years. Still watch when I find them on TV. Dr. Graham, Mr. Bev Shea and Mr. Cliff Barrows have all been a blessing to me for over 58 years.
    God Bless,
    Connie Mitchell


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