Faith Through The Flames

For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.
— Psalms 71:5

Sometimes an event happens in life where you have no other choice but to walk by faith.  You feel so helpless, so weak, so distant, so inadequate you have only your knees to fall upon.  You have come to the end of self, and the beginning of Tribulation Road".  We spend our life avoiding it but sometimes life sends a detour and we are forced to travail it.  We have a choice to make;

  • Go alone, or,
  • God with God

Here is how we traveled down "Tribulation Road"

When we got the first call to inform us of the fire breaking out we were over 4 miles from home on our bicycles.  Not a great distance for Tish & myself, but our daughters were on their new bikes adjusting to their new sizes.  Cameron is 7 and barely reaches the floor.  I had to leave them a block behind while I raced to catch up to my wife.  She had got a head start on us.  Fortunately she caught a light and glanced back and saw me speeding to her.  When I caught up to her I had to catch my breath and tell her the news.  Shock set in and then my girls rolled up and we had to tell them the news as well.  We had to go as fast as we possibly could and get home so we could go to grandmas.  Poor little Cameron was peddling so fast her little feet kept coming off the pedals and getting hit as they came around again.  By the time we made it home, her shins were bloodied and bruised.  That didn't stop her though.  She grabbed a box of bandages and ran to our truck.  We prayed as we drove.

Brandy, Cameron & Alyssa have been raised in a home that loves & Fears the Lord.  They know the path to salvation is found in Jesus.  They have all served since they could talk.  Brandy has spent 11 days on the mission field helping the indigenous people of the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua. We all love God's Word, and  strive to honor Him in all we do.  We do stumble and fall, but we trust in God's Word and His Holy Spirit to correct us when needed.  

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
— 1 John 1:8-10 ASV

We experienced all kinds of feelings on our drive to El Monte,CA.  Fear, anger, confusion, worry, stress, & anxiety.

We also felt peace, hope, love, strength, and God's presence.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
— Philippians 4:4-9 KJV

As we arrived on the scene my wife and girls jumped out of the truck as I went to park.  I approached the area where everyone had assembled.  I greeted my mother-in-law with a warm embrace and a kiss.  I whispered in here ear these words.

Beauty for ashes

The Word of God began to minister to my heart.  I thought of all the times God restored that which sin had destroyed.  The temple, Joseph and his brothers, Israel, Earth after the flood.  Or the blind mans sight, the lame mans legs, the woman with the life long bleed.  The child loosed from the demon spirit.  Over and over God has shown His power to restore.  Why would we doubt His ability to make a new home for our mother.  Did He not speak everything into existence?

In Genesis 1:1 we read;

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
— Genesis 1:1 kjv

The word created is the Hebrew word בּרא "bârâ' pronounced 'baw-raw'.  It literally means to make something from nothing.  Only God has the ability to do that.  Then there is this from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
— 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 KJV

In this tragedy, we have been tasked with the duty to give glory to God.  To trust him without doubt.  To serve those in need.  To lift up the name of Jesus and love our neighbor.  If God could create everything from nothing, is it a leap of faith to believe God could provide a home?  

This is the aftermath of the house fire on May 11th, 2015.  The family lost everything. 


Pastor Jon Courson pours his heart out in "A Future and a Hope".  I recommend this book to anyone who is going through a trial.

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