"The flame shall not hurt thee"

God never sends destruction.

From the canyon observation tower, we could see the forest fire burning on the ridge above us. With each change in the wind, the orange haze shifted direction. Our neighbor wondered aloud if the flames would soon be plunging down the mountain toward our houses. And not long after we returned home, the radio informed us that we should prepare to evacuate.

As I moved through each room, grabbing photo albums and computer disks, I realized that safeguarding our possessions should be only part of our preparation. I needed to think more clearly about what was happening. It seemed frightening and unfair that our house, which we had worked hard to build, might suddenly be destroyed by a whim of nature. As I paused, the thought came to me that loss and devastation could not be the will of a loving God. That calmed me, and I realized that I could entrust all that I cherished to God.

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