For a few days now, I have been following the news on the wildfires that broke out in Fort McMurray, Canada. According to BBC news, “the fire now covers 3,527 sq km (1,366 square miles) and conditions are getting more dangerous for fire fighters north of Fort McMurray”.
On a personal level, the fire has completely destroyed properties and livelihoods. Some have lost everything but their lives; and although this is something to be greatly appreciative off, sadly, some may find their worth or reason for being in their possessions. We cannot deny the fact that material possessions come with a fleeting sense of joy, security and self-worth. These are things that one toils day in, day out to achieve; and when such disaster strikes, it robs them not only of their possession but also of their life’s toil and achievements. This in itself has a psychological impact with a depressing effect on the individual. On the other hand, as Christians, our true source of joy and happiness is beyond our material possessions, springing forth from our Father the Creator of all things. He is the source of life, peace and joy even in the midst of the storm. It is in this knowledge that the Apostle said, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:11-13. Above all, we are connected to this source through Christ alone. He is our Lord, Saviour, High Priest and friend. Turn to Him for strength and comfort in your struggles or situations of utter despair. He is our intercessor and mediator, the one in whom we have hope and full restoration. Be encouraged as you go to Him in prayer.
Please say a prayer for the people of Fort McMurray, Canada. Remember those who are particularly feeling suicidal due to their great loss.
PR Chris Eke