Last week was magnificent and magnanimously frightening at the same time. I was in Colorado Springs to visit Focus on the Family for several meetings and various tapings for radio.
My mind was constantly wandering to those who had escaped from the fire and were losing their homes and those working tirelessly to save them. Amid their devastation and chaos it was a challenge to remain focused on why I was there. I finally decided that what God wanted me to do in the situation was pray…and ask others to pray. Trust.
Just across the highway from my hotel and up on the ridge there was a blazing inferno, I could see structures burning, crowds were gathering outside my hotel to watch. I felt unsettled. The phone rang, and after a brief discussion and the realization that if an evacuation order were given in the night, me without a car and sketchy cell phone use meant I could end up anywhere with no way to get a hold of anyone. I quickly packed my bags, went to the front desk and offered my room to the clerk and it was instantly snatched up to one of the many waiting for the blessing of a place to lay their heads…a bit further from the inferno they had no doubt just escaped. Provision.
I was soon picked up at the hotel, God graciously allowed me a safe haven, and I ended up staying with an amazing couple who work for Focus on the Family who insisted I stay with them “just in case.” Their care of me was humbling and provided comfort – and a mean fajita and breakfast smoothie was enjoyed by this mom! Peace.
The next day, the fires settled quite a bit and I was off to Focus for a day of meetings, though the smoke filled air and tightness in my chest made the reminder for prayer constant. Faithfulness.
Meeting, in person, my Editor Brandy was a treat…her inner and outer beauty left me repeating my praises that I am allowed to be a part of her life. I pray for her and her family-and know God has big plans for her life. Joy.
The marketing guru I have had the pleasure to work with, Brock – is even more fun loving and energetic in person than he is on the phone. Who knew that was even possible. He is a passionate leader of his family…and his authors. Encouragement.
Everywhere I turned I met caring loving people who made me feel welcomed and affirmed. Humbled.
The next day – radio interviews with Jim Daly and John Fuller, and then Dr. Greg Smalley…Godly men, loving others through their daily lives. Leadership.
There is so much to share – but suffice it to say, God has an amazing way of surrounding those who love Him, with others who love Him and in the process He is visible through them. Relationship.
My earnest prayer is that, as only He can, He does the same for firefighter and homeowner alike. Join me in continuing to lift them up in prayer. Grace.
Who has blessed your life recently that you need to give thanks and pray for? Gratitude.