Upward Bound

7 07 2008

This post is a sharing from Kelly Kang that we would like to share with you.

From Kelly —–

This past week as we are hit with the news of 800 fires throughout northern CA, I was reminded of our total vulnerability and powerlessness before fire. As I was driving back to Alameda, I thought about the possibility of the fire hitting Sierra Lodge. It doesn’t matter how many hours we put into building that house, furnishing it and stocking it with everything to make that place into such a wonderful place to be at, If the wind decides to pick up and change towards the direction of our house, we are completely at its mercy. All is lost. In the mist of constant checking on the status of the fire, I was reminded of 2 Peter 3:10-14

10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

As I was reflecting on this verse, I was thinking about our home in heaven, the home of righteousness. No fire can destroy it. it’s eternally secure. I have my permanent residence there. in the meanwhile, while we are in this earthly tent, we can invest in eternity. We can invest in our home in heaven. I was thinking about all the hours of fellowship, bonding, hard work, perseverance, sacrifice that resulted as we built Sierra Lodge together. I realized that even if all is lost by the fire, not ALL Is lost. In fact, ALL is gain because we are eternal beings and the work that we put in, we did as a sacrifice and a fragrant offering to God.

Btw, the fire in this area is 35% contained and things are looking better although air quality is pretty bad still.

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