Across the lake from us last night, wildfires burned and spread, fanned by stiff winds, and smoke lit up the late evening sky. We haven't heard any damage reports yet, although just south of Theodosia, in Dugginsville, fires took 3 homes, and our hearts go out to the families involved.
I don't want to seem insensitive to their plight, but when I hear of such a tragedy, I often think, "what would I do?" or in this case, "what would I take with me if I knew I might lose my home?" I'm pretty sure I'd grab my camera first, and if I had time, my computer with its jillion wires. When we see interviews on TV after disasters, the ones we like best are the ones with people who say, "We are so grateful that God spared us. We have only lost things; we still have each other, and that is what's important". Though we've never been through such a tragedy, those statements ring true, and we hope we'll have the grace to say the same, should it ever happen to us.
The fires are still burning, but they appear to be headed toward the lake, where they will die of natural causes. At times like these, when things seem to be out of control, it's good to know the One who made not only the fire, but the water as well.
Do not be afraid.
Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.