“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2)
The past few days here in Israel have been quite tense. We have had more fires than we can count and more than we can remember ever occurring simultaneously. Undoubtedly, many, if not most, of them have been started by arson.
Many people from our congregation had to be evacuated from their homes and had to leave everything within seconds. They left their possessions and everything they own, not knowing if they will have a home to return to when the fires cease.
Over 70,000 people from my city left their homes, some of which have burned to the ground with many others being severely damaged. Firefighters and police continue to do all they can to save people as well as property, as planes with water are filling up and emptying on the fires all day long. The news keeps going on all day with reports on the situation.
Looking at the pictures, hearing the stories, many can’t help but wonder what the people would take with them if they had only seconds to to decide before having to flee. Kind of like the question “what would you take to an isolated island?”. Only in this case, it’s real and people have to choose.
The amount of help people are receiving and giving is enormous and, as many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, one truly has to acknowledge that we have much for which to be thankful, especially in these days: thankful for having another day; thankful for having our families, thankful for all we have, and most importantly – thankful for God’s grace and mercies, for protecting us in EVERY situation; thankful that though the enemy means for evil – God means for good and is with us even though the ground burns.
There is a popular song in Israel that says: “I have no other country, even if my country burns…this is my home”. We live on this earth, but we look for the city, whose architect and builder is God.
God is able to silence the storms and the waves of the sea. How much more can He easily extinguish the flames which were intended to destroy His land. God is our defence, we shall not be moved!
Please pray for Israel as we face attacks which seek to destroy our beautiful land. Pray for wisdom for the government in this situation, pray for the firefighters who have been labouring day and night to extinguish fires all throughout the land and for the police who try to maintain order in the midst of a sense of chaos and disillusionment. Pray for those who lost their homes and all they have. Pray for rain, to water the earth and that our nation will turn to God in this time of need.
© Hannah Kramer