“It’s in God’s Hands Now”

That was the morning headline of our local newspaper here in north San Diego County, and it’s certainly true. We are currently enduring the worst fires ever in this area, and thousands have had to evacuate their homes, including several families in our church.  

Even as I write, I can hear the wind blowing hard outside my window, and smoke covers the horizon to the east. UC-San Marcos, which is just five miles down the 78 from our church, was evacuated earlier this morning, but I just got word that it might letting up in that area. The news reports tell us to stay calm, but to be ready to leave at any time.  

A young married couple in our church had to evacuate their home in the middle of the night because the fire had reached the hillside just behind them, but they are back home now. In the words of the wife: “If the Lord hadn’t changed the direction of the wind, our home would be gone.” Which is a profound reminder of the sovereignty of God, isn’t it? After all, it really is in God’s hands, and not just now, but always.  

In light of that, please pray that He would bring the fires under control and enable the Body of Christ to rise to the occasion.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Matt,

    We are watching the fires on TV and grieving for the thousands of folks who are displaced from their homes.

    We are praying for you. Please keep us updated if there are any needs that the body of Christ at large might be able to help with.

  2. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on October 23, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Matt,

    Praying for you!

  3. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on October 24, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Just a brief note to say that the winds seem to be letting up a bit today and many of the fires have been contained, but we are not out of the danger zone yet. Several families in our church have been evacuated, but we are not yet aware of any who have lost their homes. My 4-year-old son Jacob has a buddy named Ian in the church, and Ian’s home is in Ramona which was evacuated entirely. Earlier this week, as we watched the footage on TV, Jacob said to me: “Daddy, I sure the hope the fire doesn’t burn up all of Ian’s toys.”

    Thank you much for all your prayers. I will try to give updates, but it is difficult to know exactly what is going on and where things stand.

  4. You are in our prayers…

    I pray that the glory of God be seen through this situation, that the faith of our brothers and sisters affected by the fires will stand firm, and that the Body of Christ will support and love them.

    Stay safe…

  5. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on October 25, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you, Jason, I appreciate it. The Lord has been gracious and has eased the winds significantly. The worst fires in the area are now 20% contained, which is very promising in comparison to what they were.

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