Here in Colorado it is blazing hot, literally. Mountains, forests, homes are on fire. People are being forced out of their homes, memories are burning. I wake up with the smell of fire in my nose, the kids are coughing in their rooms. The street outside our house has a faint brown haze over it. And to think we aren’t even that close to the fires! What must those people who live at the base of the mountain feel like? Are their lungs burning? Kids ready for summer and running through the sprinklers stop, shade their eyes from the sun and watch as their surroundings are ablaze. It’s a scary time here in Colorado.
Rain drops have fallen only a few times in the last few weeks and most times they have evaporated before hitting the ground. Our grass is crunchy underfoot, dust under the swing set. It’s too hot to go outside, yet at our house it is too hot to stay inside as well. At lunch time it’s on average 90 degrees…inside, and about 100 degrees outside. About 10 years ago I would’ve packed up my things and headed to a cool library, bookshop or the pool at my former health club not returning to my house until after dark. These days, with 4 little kids I’m wracking my brain trying to figure out ways to keep them cool. I’m constantly worrying about whether they’re getting enough water, whether the littlest one is smothering in her bed during her nap. Images flood my head of walking into her room to find that her breath has left her hot little body. I can’t do this to my kids!
We have been spending a lot of time (and a lot of gas money!) in the car trying to stay cool. Driving and sitting, staying cool. We’ve been blessed by wonderful friends inviting us to their cool houses, acquaintances inviting us to their child’s birthday party at the local jumpy castle place. All the while my God-loving husband prays that someone takes mercy on us and invites us over while he is away at work for 48 hours at a time. His prayers are answered and that mom from the jumpy castle place walks up to me, gives me a card with her phone number and address and asks us to come over anytime! Praise God!
After all the driving, the heat, grouchy kids fighting from the minute they wake up I have no energy left in my brain or my body to do much. Yesterday, I resolved to keep all the kids down in our basement and stay home all day, even if it killed me! But something (God) told me to do otherwise and I called the mom from the jumpy castle place. Not wanting to burden her with taking care of my children at her house I packed up as much food as I could find and headed over to her place. She was amused at everything I brought…seems pretty normal to me! Then as I was changing the littlest one’s diaper on the floor of her family room she sat down and told me she had something for me.
A bit confused and taken aback I listened as she explained. She and her husband left the jumpy castle place after her only daughter’s 5th birthday…and they prayed for our family. They prayed that God’s will be done. She then handed me a gift card for $600 to Home Depot…for a swamp cooler! I looked at her, stunned, speechless and began bawling my eyes out! The minute I began to thank her she said, “Please don’t thank me, thank God…this is His will.”
Praise the Lord! He answers prayers according to His will. I have prayed many times for specific things only to be disappointed when my prayers weren’t answered accordingly. Those specific things weren’t in God’s will, however, and sometimes I later have learned why…and other times I am still wondering why. This is just one of many “wake up calls” that I have received from the Lord…He is listening, He does love me, He will take care of me and His will be done!
And to all those in Colorado Springs and elsewhere I am praying for you.
- Colorado Springs Fire closes Garden of the Gods Park (kdvr.com)
- WALDO CANYON FIRE: City awakes to charred remains (gazette.com)
- Waldo Canyon Fire- Shame On You (lewisandclark2011.com)
- Heat-Driven Wildfires Continue to Consume the West (nytimes.com)
- Waldo Canyon Fire grows; thousands remain evacuated (kdvr.com)
- Dancing for Rain! A Colorado Wildfire Photo Essay (susielindau.com)
- Over 30,000 Flee Colorado ‘Inferno’ (foxnews.com)
- Firefighters battle to save homes from huge Colorado wildfire (reuters.com)
- Wildfires Spread to Colo. Tourist Centers (time.com)
- Residents, tourists flee Colo. wildfires (msnbc.msn.com)
- Vicious Wildfires Spread to Colo. Tourist Centers – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- Wildfires in Rockies threaten summer tourism (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Colorado wildfire worsens, forcing 7000 more from homes – Terra.com (news.terra.com)
- Colorado wildfires spread, force evacuations (foxnews.com)
- Fire burns into Colorado Springs western neighborhoods (photos.mercurynews.com)
- Vicious wildfires spread to Colo. tourist centers (kansascity.com)