As I watch the news of fires raging up and down the west coast of America burning thousands of homes, my heart goes out to all those people caught in the infernos. Australia, and other parts of the other world have endured the same.
I have never lost a home to a fire, but I have experienced devastating crop losses to weather disasters when farming years ago. It is an utterly sobering and heart-wrenching experience to go through, to say the least.
One lesson I learned is that there’s always a path forward from loss to restoration.
What has been materially lost can be spiritually replaced.
In my farming days, I learned that the real substance of our operation was not standing in the fields vulnerable to storms, winds, and frost. It was the wisdom, intelligence, creativity, resourcefulness, love, and direction coming to us from divine Mind. No matter what happened in the fields, the supply coming from God was never interrupted or destroyed. It kept coming without fail and gave us everything we needed to keep the farm funning profitably over the long run. Whatever the material loss, there was always a path to restoration.
The real substance that makes restoration possible is never burnt, flooded out, or lost. It is in Spirit and with every person that needs it to rebuild and restore. The substance of Spirit will have the final say.
People will triumph over the fires. Families will stay together and become stronger. Homes will be rebuilt. Communities will survive and thrive. We all contribute to this restoration with our ready and prayerful support.
In the face of devastation, restoration is possible.
“Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert” (Psalm 126:4, NLT).