They were told to drop everything and meet at the entrance of the community—immediately. The sea of flames that had been raging in the forest surrounding Mevo Modi’im in central Israel was now lapping at the edges of the village. There was no time to pack a bag, grab important documents or gather favorite keepsakes and treasured pictures. Residents evacuated with the clothes on their backs, praying the blazes would be quenched so that they could return home. It was not to be. The fire burned up 40 homes and destroyed Mevo Modi’im. Now the charred shells of homes and cars stand as the only reminder of a once thriving life. However, in the midst of the devastation, the community praised God because not a single human life was lost. I was immediately reminded of Isaiah 43:2: “When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
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