As the worst fires in our state’s history rage a little too close to home, one cannot help but wonder about the what if’s.
While I am choosing faith over fear, I cannot help but think practically about what we would do should evacuation, or God forbid, the loss of land, home, or property become a reality for us.
I wrote recently about How Everything Can Change In A Moment.
My thoughts were about taking the time to appreciate the people in your life as we never know what tomorrow holds. Everything we know about life can change in one brief moment.
Thinking about what tangible items I would take with me enabled me to ponder the idea that as long as my family (and pets!) are safe and secure, everything else is just, well, stuff.
Don’t get me wrong – I like my stuff. The things that I own bless my life in many ways. My kindle allows me to curl up on the couch after a long day with my Bible or another great book. My computer and phone allow me to blog, learn new things, and communicate with family and friends. The food in my kitchen keeps my belly full and my family from having to deal with a cranky mama. The clothing I own keeps me warm. I could go on, but you get my point.
The thought of everything we own becoming a heap of ashes as a fire rages though our home is unsettling, but the peace of God reminds me of what is truly important in life. After all, it’s just stuff.
As with most things in life, when I find myself in the midst of stressful circumstances, I try to see them from an eternal perspective. When I view this through the lens of eternity, I realize that I came into this world with nothing and I can take nothing with me when I leave. (1 Timothy 6:7)
You see, I have all that I need in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
So, while planning and preparation are important, I must let peace triumph.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. ~1Thessalonians 3:16
Today I needed the reminder that while I cannot control my circumstances, I can choose fear or faith. I can choose peace over panic. I can choose Him.
*To those of you who have lost your homes, I, in no way, mean to undermine your loss. I have no idea what it is like to walk in your shoes. I am just trying to remind us all that we have a choice in how we choose to view our circumstances. Our attitudes are half of the battle. Please know that you are in our prayers.
All Scripture verses come from the New King James Version.
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