Reality Check

As I look out my window at the terrible Waldo Canyon Wildfire consuming over 18,500 acres to date, turning part our beautiful city to charred ruins, and threatening much of our area, I am amazed at the men and women who are putting their lives on the line day after day to protect our city.

It’s nearly 100 degrees here in the city, but up there? And it’s hard to breathe because of the smoke down here, but up there? Our firefighters are an amazing group of people, and we need to pray—for protection, for success, for rain.

I am also proud of our community for stepping up to help each other in such times. The media actually had to ask people to stop bringing donations! Oh that we would be such a people day in and day out.

At times like these, we are reminded of the frailty of our world, of our land and resources, and our very lives. It slaps us to our senses and helps us leave our self-centered worlds to care for others—strangers, public servants, everyday folk who are working hard or who have been displaced by no fault of their own.

A few weeks ago I drove through a South African informal settlement—a half a million people living in tin shacks without utilities or public service, living in their own wildfire of poverty, crime, and more, in a wildfire that is ongoing and few help to fight. There are no insurance claims, disaster funds, or social services for them.

In perspective, our wildfire is a finite situation that, although tough, is something that we’ll pull through and move on from. Our government will help us rebuild. Insurance companies will do their part. Friends and family will too.

But those who live in poverty? Those who live in countries where there is no welfare system or social assistance like we have here? May God help them—and may we who are so fortunate help too.

Thankfully, my daughter and son-in-law’s ministry are serving these poor day in and day out, and I am as proud of them as I am of our firefighters. Please take a moment to check out the Paradigm Shift website and share a little of what God has bless you with.

How has the poor and needy touched your life recently? I’d love to know.

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  1. Patti Townley-Covert says:

    Wise insights, Susan. Firefighters and Paradigm Shift both belong in the “hero” category.

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