Life is so wild right now! Hang on tight. In the space of less than three days, I have driven through fire in 90 degree heat (Not my idea! The fire was supposed to be out, but flames licked the sky while I drove by) and then watched a blizzard whip trees in circles as it iced over the whole back of our house.
We have gone from this:
To this: (not quite this deep, but you get the…er…drift)
in one day. And you know what? Because of the fire, which we know is everywhere right now, I am actually grateful for the blizzard, because the blizzard smothered the nearby fire, and the citizens of the small town that was evacuated to escape the fire may go back home again.
I’ve decided to start viewing all of life this way. Yes, the blizzard was shocking, since it started only a few hours after Labor Day ended, but the fire was more shocking. I prayed to get through the fire safely, and then a day later finally, after quite a bit of muttering, joking, poses of outrage, thanked God for the blizzard, because that meant the lives being threatened by the fire might now be chilled to the bone, but at least they’re still alive.
I hope I can remember this next time catastrophe happens. I hope I can thank God for it because He might well be using it to put out a fire I might not know about.
Are there any object lessons God has taught you lately?
Fire and ice is something you would not put together in virtually the same day. You experienced it, first-hand! You must live in Colorado, where the blazing temperatures can plummet in a matter of minutes, and you wake up to snow on the ground. When we lived there, we would say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” I am relieved you made it through the fire safely.
You’re so close. We are in Wyoming, just an hour’s drive from the Colorado state line. I’m just thankful that the summers never get terribly hot, and that they’re dry, not humid. Funny that when we lived in Southern Missouri, we also said the same thing. I never knew that it was so much more literal here in the Wild West.
I have been watching the weather out west trying to make sense of it all. And your post made it all work. If you’re going to have a blizzard in September, to smother a fire is the best reason. Thank yo for the perspective!
Exactly, Julie! I do wish they’d get some moisture in California. And very soon. It’s burning wild in Montana, too. I’m hearing from my cousin up there. I know they’d love some snow now. I imagine even LA would appreciate a good snow if they were accustomed to driving on it.
The weather definitely seems to get crazier each year. But how amazing that a blizzard came along to help with the fire. God is good, even when we don’t understand all that is going on.
So true, Bridget. God is good even if He hadn’t send the blizzard. I remind myself that God is always good and He knows best and His will needs to be done in every situation. As it is said, “They will be done,” is the prayer that is always answered.
LikeLiked by 1 person