Like the Sequoias (What Fire Can Do)

Eleven days before the wildfire crested
the ridge I see from my front door,
we were tourists at Sequoia
National Park and learned
that when fires were suppressed,
the Sequoias stopped reproducing.
But when fire spread,
so did the seeds. Those giants
of the forest would die
without the heat
of fire that dried their cones
to open and drop thousands
of seeds that can only take root
on fire-cleared ground made fertile
by the ashes. For the
generations of giants
to multiply and thrive, fire
is required.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
(James 1:2-4)

Prayer suggestions for evacuees of the Waldo Canyon Fire:
Safety of firefighters and emergency workers.
Peace, protection, provision for evacuees (currently about 32,500).
Followers of Jesus in the area to shine His light and seek His guidance.
Many to draw near to God.
Unity and service in the Body of Christ.
Love one another and our neighbors as ourselves.
God’s glory in all things.
Less wind.
Not my will but Yours, O Lord.

Family update:
We are safe and housed. Status of our home is unknown but suspected to be unburned at this point.
The city released a list of streets where houses have been burned, and our street is not on that list. Thank you again for your love and prayers.

If you have seen in the media photos/videos how high the flames and smoke plumes have been, know that God’s unfailing love and faithfulness are ever higher (see Psalm 108:4). Thank you for your love and prayers. We believe God will bring great good, much good, out of this tragedy. God loves you. Turn to Him.


18 thoughts on “Like the Sequoias (What Fire Can Do)

  1. We’re praying for you, Monica.

    Tomorrow at The High Calling, we’ll be running an article about the CO fires. At the end of the article, we’ll include a link here to this post. Thanks so much for sharing these words with us, and for welcoming our prayers for you and yours.

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  3. Monica…oh…your heart…so incredibly beautiful! Your words brought tears and awe and thankfulness for this, these words, this heart, refined in the raging flames. Bless you and your incredible love for the One who loved you first.

  4. Been where you are, friend. So praying with empathy as well as sympathy. Thank you for these beautiful words, for these wise words. May God continue to bless you with abundant peace in the midst of this chaos.

  5. Hi Monica,
    Friend of Sandy’s and THC… praying for you and your family. We also have good friends in the Springs. I am blessed to read your words and thoughts. May he bring great things from such a surreal event… all for his glory. God’s peace, power and protection for your family.

  6. Sending you so much love, my friend. My boys and I prayed for you and yours last night by name. You are held in prayer…and in the palm of His hand. Love you.

  7. Miss Monica! I don’t know how I missed these words of yours yesterday, but I am so blessed to read them today. You are such a powerful example of a godly woman. You shine Jesus all over the place. And I have no doubt that through this you and your family will not only touch lives, but more importantly, direct souls to a heavenly eternity.

    Thank you for your gifts of encouragement, friendship, and sisterhood in Christ.


  8. Hi Monica…I’ve traveled here from THC, but your name has been on my prayer board since yesterday. I have prayed that just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the fire would have no power over you. And I’m joining with you in prayer for all you’ve listed here. In Christ’s love, Patricia

  9. Monica – This was beautiful and painful. As I was reading, I was thinking about this passage from Isaiah 42:1-3 – ““Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. “For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”

    Praying for you and so many others . . .

  10. I’m so glad to hear you are back home, my friend! My prayers are still diligent for your family and community. These interruptions can sure make the legs wobbly…but they sure can be a chance to hear God speak too. Sending you love.

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