How To Find Peace When The Fires Rage

July 24, 2014 by


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.

What do you think? How have you learned to choose peace when the fires rage?

This post was shared on Missional Women & Still Saturday.

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13 Responses to How To Find Peace When The Fires Rage

  1. Rick

    We will be praying for those whose homes and property are in danger. What a vivid reminder of how quickly our circumstances can turn. I was thinking of 1 Cor 3 as I was reading your post. In that chapter, Paul talks about building a strong foundation in Christ Jesus by his grace that cannot be consumed by fire when all else will be left in rubble (my paraphrase). While the thought of losing ones home and all its contents is unimaginable, think about those who go through that without the hope and peace grounded in their Saviors loving arms. May they find peace through faith as they choose Him over fear and panic.

    • Heather

      That is so, true! I can’t imagine going through something of this magnitude, or even the smaller day-to-day things, without knowing I am truly safe in Him. We are so blessed! My heart truly aches for those who do not have this peace.

  2. bonniesteinborn

    Beautifully stated and based on HIS TRUTH! Not one of us KNOWS what tomorrow holds == let alone later today. But God does and we can REST in HIS Truth and use each moment HE gives us to bring HIM Glory and LOVE each one HE allows us to touch! Thank you Heather for the reminder to pray for those who have lost soo much ALL over the world, from here, to Israel/Gaza to Ukraine and places that only God knows. May HIS PEACE and Comfort reign in spite of all circumstances!

  3. Joyce

    When we think how blessed we have been as Americans, it is hard to think that He sometimes allows seemingly bad things happen to us. Yet we always find at the end of the testing there is a great work He has accomplished in us for His glory. Many Christians in the rest of the world sometimes have to pray for even their daily bread, and a place to lay their head come night. Some hiding out in caves, running for their very lives.

    As we see night closing in around us now in this nation and the world as the coming of Christ and the fulfillment of prophecy is coming to pass, we must be prepared for hard times. But knowing that He will meet every need and never forsake us. He may not give us what we want or are used to, but He will indeed provide for each of His own. That which we do not understand causes us to just have to trust that He is indeed in total control. We must learn to run to and dwell in Psalms 91. We have a new day and a new world awaiting us in His Glorious Presence forevermore.

    • Heather

      I cannot wait for His return! I know that times ahead are going to be tough, but we have so much peace knowing that He will sustain us. We are SO blessed!

  4. Caleb

    Wow, I didn’t know you guys had fires raging there. I’m praying that you’ll be OK. It’s in those scary times that God really teaches us to trust in him.

    • Heather

      Absolutely, Caleb. That’s the beauty of the tough times in that they bring us closer to God. Thanks for your prayers. Know that you are in ours as well.

  5. Nathana Clay @ theengagedhome.com

    We will be praying that you and your home will be ok! We have learned so much about the destruction of wildfires since moving to Arizona. I have never faced anything as threatening as a fire, but since we moved to Phoenix I have had several things I really valued stolen. I rode my bike twice before someone cut right through the chain and stole it. Not long after all my CDs were stolen right out of my car when someone broke in through my window. They also took a bunch of clothes from my trunk, but I was going to donate those anyway! I also had a signed copy of a favorite book stolen. These are small things compared to losing a home, but when it happened it reminded me that I put too much value on “my things” and it taught me to look toward heaven and the spiritual blessings we cannot lose though moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal.

    • Heather

      Thank you for your prayers, Nathana. I think, for now, we are out of danger, but there are many who have lost their homes that still need prayer. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so sorry that you lost so much, but I am so proud of your eternal outlook!

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