Austin and I with the kiddos left for a road trip out to visit supporters (part of the life of a missionary) while our state was ablaze with 13 fires. The day we left the state, Colorado Springs had just evacuated 32,000 people from their homes because of the Waldo Canyon fire which ended up destroying 346 homes. One of the other fires happening in Colorado was the High Park Fire (just north of Denver) and has destroyed 259 homes, a state record until the fire near Colorado Springs destroyed 346 homes. We've never seen anything like this before.
The day we arrived in New Jersey a freak storm (called a Derecho) that caught even newscasters by storm happened causing "catastrophic damage" putting over 3 million people out of power. I have never seen anything like that in my life. The entire sky was light continually for the amount of lightening and winds of 75 miles per hour downing trees on top of houses and cars, even pulling up mature trees right from the ground. (The tree in the above picture is of Austin's brother's backyard, where we are staying). A storm this bad (even hurricanes) hasn't happened in at least over 100 years in NJ.
And between these, massive floods in Florida.
"I've never seen anything like this" is a comment being said and heard by many all over the country. But how crazy is that! We've never seen anything like this! Through seeing the fires and the fiercest of storms I am stuck by God's power.
"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of water may cover you?