It was a Thursday morning, five or six weeks ago, bright and beautiful, during my Quiet Time. I sensed the Holy Spirit saying, “Take care of business at home.” What did that mean? I prayed about it, for my home and beloveds therein. I walked through the house, praying, listening, and felt led to go outside.
Outside I walked around the house, praying God’s protection over it. I then felt led to turn and extend my arms in all directions, praying for all that I could see.
That evening my daughter said, looking outside, “Look at the light, it’s so golden, so beautiful.” John and I looked, and then at each other. “That’s not normal.” From the west it was, the light of a sun setting through the smoke of a forest fire.
I called the daughter who lives safely down the mountain and told her what I’d been led to pray, and that there was a fire, the “Cameron Peak” fire. “That’s wild, Mom,” she said. “I had a dream last night that the entire mountain was on fire.”
A week or so later (during Labor Day weekend) we were evacuated. After a few days in the friendliest hotel we’ve ever stayed in, the Cheyenne, Wyoming Days Inn, we were allowed back home. A lovely rain and snow storm seemed to have defeated the monster.
But alas, here we are again, in Day 10 of Evac #2. The winds came along with the heat, dead timber, rough and inaccessible terrain and the fire re-ignited, growing to today’s acreage of over 124,000 acres.
Many people are in shelters, their possessions piled about them, wearing masks, coughing from smoke. Others, like a lovely couple I ran into yesterday are struggling because they’re staying in a condo without a TV. We are pitied because there are four of us in one hotel room.
Perspective. I choose a 5-Star perspective, to borrow from Fiona Ferris in her lovely book, Thirty More Chic Days. Fiona noted that if you read the 1-star reviews of a book, even one you’ve read and loved, it will taint your opinion of the book. She’s decided to only read the 5-star reviews, as those will enhance your experience and enjoyment of the book.
I would add that the 5-star reviews are written by people who are thankful. If they were masked and in a shelter, they’d be ever so grateful for the heat and running water. If they had a condo, TV or otherwise, they’d be glad, glad, glad they could afford privacy. If like us, they were in a hotel, they’d be grateful for the funds (our employer is paying, hooray!) to cozy up and get acquainted with the charming town of Cheyenne.
It takes a bit of wisdom and smarts to be thankful. It takes nothing but bowing to the flesh, which anyone can do, to gripe.
So, even though I really want to go home, I’m making the most of, praying for ideas of how to spend, each day. And I’m knowing we’ll be home when we go home. Meanwhile, home is where my beloveds are, and our good God is always there.
If it doesn’t feel like it (such as a few days ago when the winds came up to 60 mph and the fire went straight toward our house) it’s because I’m not doing a 5-star lookout. A 5-star lookout means my mind’s working right and is certain that I was led to pray protection for my home, and that my home is protected.
We have also been praying for protection for our firefighters and thus far (and we’re believing this will continue) there have been no injuries reported. Numerous structures have been destroyed, but again, no injuries, no lives lost.
Thank you, Jesus, for teaching me to be thankful. And please bless this lovely coffee shop we’ve found in Cheyenne, The Rail Yard, which had we not been evacuated, I might never have discovered.
I think I’ll do a post about my Cheyenne discoveries.