He will never leave us
What a sad start to the bushfire season - not that is really is fire season yet as it is only mid October and its another month and half until summer arrives.
Unfortunately many parts of New South Wales are timber dry and it doesn't take much for a fire to start, something as simple as a cigarette butt tossed out of the window can bring such heartbreak to families.
Bush fires in Australia are unforgiving and ruthless, they can be unpredictable and destroy everything in their path. They can burn for days, out of control and whilst our fire-fighters do all they can to save lives and property. I grow up understanding the dangers of bush fires and the cost of living in a rural environment surrounded by trees. Whilst it is beautiful it can be destroyed in a moment.
In the last few days, many families have lost their homes and everything they owned with hundreds of houses destroyed or damaged. The life they had a week ago has changed by this tragedy. It shows how quickly we can go from a comfortable existence's to struggling with nothing, just in a blink of an eye.
But I know and you know that whilst this change of wind can bring such tragedy, the Lord has given us all we need to cope at that moment.
He will never leave us, He will always provide the strength we need, He will stand by us and comfort us when we need it, He will give us the peace we need in times of adversity.
Without God, there is nothing.
What a comfort to know that we are NEVER alone in our struggles. It doesn't mean we won't struggle but when we do, God is with us.
I will never leave you
nor forsake you.
Photos of the setting sun made red from the smoke in the air from the bush fires to the north of us.