High temperatures, tinder dry fuel (sagebrush, Pine trees and miscellaneous scrub), dry storms with lightning coupled with high winds have conspired against thousands of acres and an equal number of people.
These are definitely not a controlled burn.
It's hard to envision anything good coming from the fires raging here when there are people who've lost homes, farms, barns, livestock and every semblance of personal possessions. Many have been impacted in just such a way, while others rush about in bold and heroic attempts to stem the blaze's aggression or to offer comfort to those afflicted. All around is the juxtaposition of devastation against benevolence.
People don't really understand that fire
regenerates, and it's a natural process
that the earth needs.
~ Grace Stanley
Montana Conservative Corps
(Photo: I captured this last evening,
when the haze lifted ever-so-briefly
to reveal smoke-plumes
bathed in light.)
Today I am keenly aware that there is a God ~ Only One, a Father ~ Who judiciously and wisely understands & applies the outworking of a controlled burn; the Refiner's Fire. While I would have it avoided at all costs, He is not so inclined to indulge. Fire, even a wildfire, can produce amazing things. Old dead things are consumed. New things, good things, are given opportunity to take root.
Before my very eyes is this object-lesson. It brings me no joy, in and of itself. Even so, I can see the day when even these scorched lands and burdened souls will be made new.
Please join me in praying for those affected by fire ~ be it the literal flames of nature's fury, or those meant for spiritual refinement. As a community we can offer support and comfort ~ hope ~ for the coming new day and clear skies.
For everyone will be salted with fire.
Behold, I have refined you, but not
as silver; I have tried you in the
furnace of affliction.
But He knows the way I take;
when He has tried me, I shall
come out as gold.
I counsel you to buy from Me gold
refined by fire, so that you may be
rich, and white garments so that you
may clothe yourself and the shame
of your nakedness may not be seen,
and salve to anoint your eyes,
so that you may see.
~ Revelation 3:18
Bless be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ! According to His
great mercy, He has caused us to be
born again to a living hope through
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
the dead, to an inheritance that is
imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you, who by God's
power are being guarded through faith
for a salvation ready to be revealed
in the last time. In this you rejoice,
though now for a little while, if
necessary, you have been grieved by
various trials, so that the tested
genuineness of your faith ~ more
precious than gold that perishes
though it is test by fire ~ may be
found to result in praise and glory
and honor at the revelation
of Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Peter 1:3-7
(Photo: Taken by local newscasters
just down the road from us about 30 miles,