Do you ever have one of those days where you sigh and just marvel at how great life is? That is how I felt yesterday. Bible study in the morning, grabbed a bite to eat while I was out. . . and I drove myself! (Takes a bow, thank you for the applause!) I returned home just in time to enjoy some of your blogs, which always encourage and inspire me.
The phone rings, and my husband is in a panic. Mr Cool as a Cucumber, the calm in any storm, my buoy and anchor.
“Are you alright????”
“Ummm, yes I believe I’m just dandy.” (My tip for the day: Never give away that you are resting in a recliner as you take a break from soaking in the beautiful sun while someone is pounding the pavement in an effort to boost the household income.)
The next thing I remember is being halfway across our friendly little town, watching with neighbors at the scene before us. Not one but two sizable homes were completely engulfed in flames. There was a popping sound as though someone was firing a handgun. I later learned that was the sound of 500 wine bottles from a valuable collection exploding like small grenades.
The good news is that none of the homeowners were inside the home. Sadly, a family pet perished in the fire.
The community was abuzz with stories of faith, encouragement, hope, a helping spirit. I have always known I live in the friendliest place ever; it took such a tragedy to really reveal my exceptional neighbors to everyone else. Both homes were a complete and total loss. The owner of the first home, where the fire originated, had absolutely nothing to salvage today. The second homeowner had friends and neighbors assisting as they collected dishes and other items that survived a blaze so powerful that it continued for hours. Nearby homes were in danger throughout the night, but thankfully escaped any damage.
Today the neighbors also discussed what each was doing to protect themselves from a similar situation, and how to document personal items if ever needed for an insurance claim.
You have full control over what happens to you eternally. Unlike a house fire that has many variables, your eternal home is entirely determined by choices you can make today.