I didn’t realize how much fire affected me until I started reading the reports of all the fires and homes being lost and livestock and pets being in harm’s way. Suddenly, it all came rushing back to me, the memories of when our home burned down on that fateful summer’s day back in June, 2005. I swear, sometimes I can still smell it! It is such an awful odor of wet, burnt things, and it just gets in your nose and stays there. Apparently forever.
Of course, for us, ours was the only home that burned, and everything else around us stayed the same, pretty much. Except for that tree in the front yard that never did recover from the heat damage. 🙁 But all we had to do was drive down the road, and everything seemed normal again. Not so here in Texas. It’s the opposite, in fact. Our neighborhood is fine, but if we just drive down the road, we can see the smoke billowing from the fires in Bastrop, and all around us we can find blackened spots where fires have been. It looks apocalyptic. In many ways, for far too many people, I suppose it actually is apocalyptic, if you understand that word to mean the end of your world as you knew it.
To give all of my friends and family back in North Carolina (and other parts of the world) an idea of how bad it is, I’m posting these screen shots from Texas A&M’s Texas Interagency Coordination Center. I’ve included arrows to show where we live, in the midst of it all.
Please pray for all the families who are now homeless, and for those who are still evacuated and not sure when they will get to go home, or if they will have a home left to go to.
Lord, have mercy on us!!