On Easter, we had a forest fire on the mountain behind our house. It was down from us on Easter and not that close to us, but you know, we kept an eye on things.
That all changed on Tuesday.
Around noon that day I saw smoke at the top of the mountain directly behind our house. I kept an eye out all day. Then around 4-5pm I went out in my back yard and it was RIGHT there on the mountain. Keep in mind, we do have a railroad track that separates the mountain from our yard.
But it still made for a scary situation. I called 911 and the fire department was here within minutes. Though they didn't feel the fire would jump the tracks, they sprayed in that direction to wet things down as a precaution 'just in case'. Well, that evening and night I watched as it came further and further down the mountain until it was on the other side of the tracks. I called the mines when I knew Damon was outside to let him know he needed to come directly home instead of showering at work because it was nearing a very large tree that could have endangered our garage and/or our neighbors home. I knew he could reach it with the water hose.
You can see Damon's hat and his striped shirt in the far right..he was spraying the fire at this point.
So he got home and sprayed it down and all was well. Well, except for the 4 or 5 trees that came crashing down on the mountain that night while I was watching the fire. Scary when something like that happens and its dark. You don't know how near it is to you.
It was stressful.
As if all of that wasn't bad, I got up the next morning and checked the weather and facebook real quick before starting my day. I had posted a lot of pictures of the fire on there and was looking to see if I had anyone else I needed to respond to (had a lot of people praying). That's when I learned that Damon's mines was given a 60 day notice.
If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know we went through a lay off about a year and a half ago.
We might be facing it again.
I cried so hard that day. I had prayed ever since the day he went back to work that God would keep his job safe. I prayed for the mines he worked for specifically. That they'd keep their coal orders, and about the demand for their coal, etc.
I felt defeated. Angry. Sad. Frustrated.
I cried so hard my sides hurt for a couple days. We don't know yet what will become of this lay off. We've heard it might only be 50 jobs at each mine site instead of the whole mines. We are praying. Praying HARD. We ask and desire your prayers, again, for us. God brought us through the last time, and whatever is in store, He will be with us once again. But if you've never been in this situation, you don't know how stressful it really is. The not knowing. The wondering when you'll get that phone call that will get you out of the situation. The wondering when things will feel normal again.
I don't know about you, but at times like that (the moment I learned of the news) is when I realize how weak my faith is. I feel strong at other times about my faith, but when something happens anyways when I prayed for it not to, I felt at that moment, like it was all for nothing.
But its not.
God was there with us, employed or not, and always saw us through anything we faced. Life isn't about being easy, it includes trials and tests of our faith. I want to do better. I want my faith to never waver, regardless of the situation. I know I'm human, and I will fail. But I want to do better. And I will do better.
For with God, nothing (no situation or crisis) is impossible.