Everyone has a story to tell. When we make the connection between our story and God's great story, we come away with HIStory, which involves each and every one of us.
How do I begin to express the sadness in my heart watching the devastation unfold, hearing hurting hearts cry out after the loss of a home and even a loved one. And you’re left with an aching heart for the community you once knew and cherished. I read about your stories of boundless love and bravery taking your family to safety. I hear about the minute-by-minute decisions made to drive away from the inferno surrounding you. You have lived hell on earth. I am so sorry.
I think about Paradise, California. And I’m reminded that our Father has promised us a paradise. A Garden of Eden where the waterfalls overflow and the fields whisper His name. Where the flowers abound and the breeze delivers a sweet aroma, and peace, love, hope and joy are endless. And so I say to you dear survivors, that there is hope. Tomorrow will be a better today. We can feel it on the horizon. And in the meantime, we pray for rain. We pray for a miracle to the God who has prepared a place for us no eyes can imagine. And when your heavy heart can't pray, we will pray!
And to all of us affected by the air. We don’t appreciate the oxygen we so desperately breathe and need until it becomes contaminated and toxic to our lungs. May we breathe in the oxygen of His truths and His promises: that if we pray He will answer. So tonight like never before, pray for rain. Pray that He would open the floodgates of heaven and send us rain. Believe in His promises. Believe in Him.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
Earnestly praying alongside you,
Damaris U. Avila
Damaris U. Avila lives with her loving husband and their two inquisitive and sweet girls. Through personal storytelling, she invites women to share and see themselves in God's story. She leads young girls through BeYOUtiful Girl Time, a sisterhood where girls are encouraged to become the women God designed them to be.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."