I had thought of my friend Phyllis who turns the big 5-0 today! So sent her a text...we texted back and forth but have her in my thoughts and prayers. Her mom is in the hospital...and appreciate all putting up prayers for her...I had people at work...each dealing with their own challenges...those of life issues...their family...either health issues...life issues...I think of another police office killed in the line of duty...a single mother I have heard...my heart aches for the little one!
I thought of the fires that seem to be burning our state. I feel for those that are being evacuated...losing property...losing so much precious beautiful vegetation that will take time to replace...and those that are on the line...risking life and limb as they say. I think of the hot heat...multipied by the winds...equipment the firefighters wear and/or carry...and if you think too much on it...you almost feel consumed from the drought..
We think of the lack of rain...how the rains would help so many...and so over lunch I decide to peek in at My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers...I had felt the pain of so many and so when I read it...I was almost overwhelmed.
Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow
Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness, but it does not always make that person better. Suffering either gives me to myself or it destroys me. You cannot find or receive yourself through success, because you lose your head over pride. And you cannot receive yourself through the monotony of your daily life, because you give in to complaining. The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be this way is immaterial. The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can go to him in your moment of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, having no respect or time for you, only turning you away. If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people."
I took all of the color out of this picture but it still has the outline...it is one that I may play with many times...but for tonight I leave it as this...and I pray for all of those fighting whatever "fires" they are fighting...God be with us!
I heard an old favorite by James Taylor...Fire and Rain...and it just seems to fit with what we pray for! I continue to pray for rains...I wrote where I had heard a preacher who spoke of people getting tired of Noah saying it will rain...I do not claim to be Noah and I pray that we do not get that much...but I do believe we will get rain...I would hope sooner than later...but it will come in its time...