The Waldo Canyon Fire is now 100% contained. Hurrah! That’s great news! Yet many lost their homes, and more were damaged. Some of our friends, Doug and Jodi Hammerstrom live right above the Flying W Ranch, so they were sure that they lost their home. But somehow in God’s grace it survived.
Even with this wonderful news, the Hammerstrom family now wonders what the fire has done to the value of their home? Doug shared about this on his blog, It’s Not About Me. He said, this gives “an opportunity to see who we trust more, The Lord of Heaven and Earth or American Family Insurance.”
There is joy and relief for those who could have lost more in the fire, yet they still suffered loss. It wasn’t the worse case scenario. I know many prayed that homes and lives would be spared. It could have been much worse, but it ended up being the worst fire in the history of Colorado.
Loss like this reminds us that this is our temporary home. The things of this world are wood, hay and stubble compared to the glory of knowing Christ. That’s not to say it’s easy when we suffer loss, and things that we worked hard for are either devalued or completely destroyed.
I am thankful that God spared the Hammerstrom’s home, and I agree with Doug that it is an opportunity to trust. I pray we will all grow in our trust of the Lord, and that those that don’t know Christ will turn to Him as they see how quickly things of this world can go up in smoke.
Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to trust the Lord fully.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Here’s a video put out by the Colorado Springs Fire Department that demonstrates just how bad the fire was, and the heroic job they did in limiting the damage.
In His Grip, Dave