During an October dry spell in...

During an October dry spell in southern California my family, a friend, and I drove out into a canyon where some friends of ours have a ranch. As we approached their place, we saw that a forest fire, whipped by a strong wind, was threatening their house. When we arrived at the ranch, we found that the people there were very much worried, as the situation looked serious. Someone said, "This is too big for us." I immediately declared, "It is not bigger than God."

We were forced to return by another route, as the road by which we had come was closed because of the fire. As we left the canyon the flames had jumped in several places and were leaping to what seemed to be over a hundred feet high. I declared to all in the car that it was a false picture, and the words from Psalms (46:10,) came to me: "Be still, and know that I am God;" then I knew the work was done.

The fire stopped shortly afterward with no damage to any of the farms. The fire fighters said that they had seen many fires, but nothing like this one, because for no accountable; reason the fire had stopped in some dry brush, although the wind had not changed. They considered the experience a miracle, as did our friends at the ranch. The son of the householder reminded his mother of my affirmation "It is not bigger than God."

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Signs of the Times
November 24, 1951

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