I wrote this last Tuesday night when my son was getting ready to go over to South Australia. He went on Wednesday morning and arrived back on Thursday night safely. They had rain over the fire and they were sent home as there was no more work for them.
Thank you Lord that he got home safely and thank you Lord for the rain.
Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
As I have been sitting at the computer tonight our No 1 son is preparing to head over to Adelaide in South Australia on a Strike Team to fight fires in the Adelaide Hills with the Country Fire Authority (CFA as called in Victoria – all states have their own titles and acronymns). A Strike Team is a group of about 20 firefighters that travel to another state or area to replace crews that need a break.
They flew them over on a 20 seater plane from out local (small) airport and they are to stay over there for 5 days and come back on Monday sometime.
My husband has done this numerous times in the past years, to Sydney and North of Melbourne. I have always found it hard when he was away but I understood his need and desire to help. My husband has a very giving heart and so does our No 1 son.
My husband states that he is getting too old to do these trips, but I think that he is concerned about leaving us at home in the fire season. He would do an overnight or day shift closer by to help out when needed, but not go away unless he really had too.
Now all this being said, I just don’t want my son to go. I prayed that God would allow him to stay at home and keep him safe. I’m not overly protective and I want my children to grow and learn and live their lives the way that God wants them to, but I am admitting to harbouring fear at this time.
I would never stop him from going but I feel so unsettled about it, and unsure. I won’t go to the airport with him as I don’t want to embarrass him with my tears. My son is so excited to be able to go and help people and finally put all his training into practice. He has been fighting fires with his father for a year or so now and has gone away on day or night shifts but he has never been away for more than a day.
Now if my husband was sitting here reading this he would say that Fear is not of God, and I agree with him wholeheartedly and there are no buts about it.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Fear is satans way of making me take my eyes off my Lord, and not resting in the fact that our son is in Gods hands. His plans are perfect and He loves and cares for us more than the sparrows, so I need to step back into His word and allow Him to take care of our son.
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
As any mother would probably agree (I hope) this isn’t easy. We are mothers and mothers love their children and want them to be safe, but holding on to fear isn’t allowing us to love them, it encourages us to smother them.
I am so pleased with the way our No 1 son is growing and how he is becoming as a man. I am going to try and spend the next 5 days praying that God will bless him and keep him safe and then I am going to try to allow God to do His job.
There were around 30 odd homes destroyed in the Adelaide Hills fire and your prayers for these families would be greatly appreciated.
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