One of the most difficult experiences of my life was being caught in a fierce wildfire. When my husband and I saw smoke in the distance with strong dry desert winds behind it, we knew a fire was headed our way. But no fire planes were taking off from the nearby airport, due to the strong winds.
Sometimes Lemurian students expect that we will get spiritual help to spare us from such disasters because we are trying to live by the Lemurian Teachings and we believe in God and the Masters. Some are disappointed to find that disasters touch many of our lives. But we were helped in a most ingenious way.
That night we got a reverse 911 call telling us to evacuate, but before we knew it the fire was upon us. We raced to a large shop on open, well-cleared land with fire hoses previously set up at the ready. As the dry hot winds fed the flames surrounding our property, the noise was unnerving. And it was hard to know which way the fire would go with the winds so erratic.
Yet, each time I prayed, “please may the winds die down so our town will be spared and all who live in it,” the winds seemed to kick up. It was almost like being mocked.
I felt like a spiritual failure, I was so inept at prayers God hears.
As we stood there helplessly watching the flames burning around us on all sides, the scorching wind and fire roared like a wild animal. But inside that seeming chaos was also a quietness – a sense of something so much bigger than we are. I felt the only thing solid is God. And the only thing strong enough to save us was God. Would I deny God by not believing all would be as it should be?
Gradually, with amazement and relief, I realized that because the winds were blowing so fiercely, the fire raced through our property so fast it barely touched most of our buildings long enough to set them alight. It burned right up to the buildings but left most of them intact!
Only because the winds stayed so strong were we spared from destruction! Had God and the Masters granted my prayer and slowed the winds, we might have lost everything. I’d wanted God to do what I felt was best, not what He knew was best! I guess it’s natural to think this way in a life-threatening situation. But it’s funny to look back on this puzzled human being standing there with her hands on her hips wondering why, when she prays, the winds don’t instantly die down – and deciding she must be spiritually inadequate!
We came through it so well that while hundreds of acres around us were nothing but charred earth and rocks, our several buildings remained mostly intact, a small oasis of green. Viewing this from the top of one of our hills, it was proof that in times of greatest danger, God always extends the assistance we need. God hears my prayers. It was almost like hearing God say, “See, I was here. Thanks for offering to direct things, but I had it in hand.”
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