So we just listened to two hours worth of fire safety training in the hopes of getting a $50.00 gas card. No products were sold, but after the information and education we got Jake and I were practically begging the man to come back and sell us better, safer equipment.
Fire is never something to mess with. It’s beautiful and absolutely devastating in its untamed fury. As a nature element, created by God, it gives light and warmth when stewarded well. However, it can easily turn into a raging inferno of death and destruction.
Did you know that $1 Billion a year goes to pay for rehabilitation after injuries sustained during and after a fire. Smoke inhalation, burns, suffocation; these are just the beginnings of the long term suffering fire survivors have to endure. A fire starts every 12 seconds somewhere in the US. Hundreds and thousands of lives are lost to the flames every year.
Have you ever heard an overflow of information that sends you just to the edge of panic and you know that if you think too long and hard about it, you will lose your mind with worry and fear?
This is where trust in the Lord comes in; there are hundreds and thousands of ways a human being could lose their life or suffer excruciating pain and injury. Thinking about that concept, I can see why fear is such a motivational factor in the Devil’s ploy to keep us separated from the God of Salvation.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
~ Psalm 27:1
This is not to say we should not be watchful and do everything in our power to prevent the fire from consuming us. No matter what, we must be alert to the things in our lives that can be the cause of careless accidents; or in stronger terms, we must guard against those things that can spark sin in our lives. Those ‘lint traps’ and ‘faulty wirings’ can sway us straight into the fire and before we know it, we have been permanently damaged or even killed by the consequences of not keeping our lives clean and protected.
One method does not work on every type of fire either. It is best done in steps and on guard for the different ways it can creep up on us. We can get a really good watchdog that will faithfully sit by the front door and scare off all unwanted intruders; however, if the dumb dog doesn’t also guard the other entrances to the home we are going to find that intruder sneaking in the back door instead.
Life is completely unpredictable and filled with dangers. We can either panic and hide ourselves away completely, or we can stand watch over what God has given us to steward and trust that the Lord is and always will be ultimately in control of the whole picture.
And I got all this from a fire safety demonstration…