Thank you to each one of you who popped by to leave a comment expressing your concern and care for me and my family. We are just fine and quite safe right now. Melbourne has, however, got a new record. The hottest day recorded in ANY Australian Capital city. I could've lived an entire lifetime and not wished to have experienced that one!
However. It is not without a sense of relief and not a small amount of guilt that we are nice and safe in our own home. There are many Victorian communities who have been completely decimated, devastated and consequently displaced by bushfires yesterday and overnight. The closest one to us is perhaps less than 50km away. I had prayed yesterday morning for the Lord's protection over the Dandenong Ranges, where fires ravaged this area in 1983. While we have enjoyed that divine protection others have not been quite so fortunate. And so I am left wondering why we were so blessed when others have not been. Not that I'm complaining!
Having said all that, the risk was gravely high. Had a firebug decided to wreak his evil havoc in my area, we too would have suffered the losses that others have endured. I spent the day peeking out windows. Evaluating the winds. Going out the front to look up the mountain and determine that there were no fires up there. Standing at the top of the back steps to ensure the debris floating through the air was just leaves and not ash or embers. Outside again when darkness began to envelope the sky to the north. The north is where fires would come from on a hot north wind day. After a late night, I forced myself to catch a nap late in the afternoon, but I just still felt edgy.
If you have a moment, please pray for those who have endured the loss of homes, possessions and in many cases, loved ones. There is confirmation of at least 65 deaths and there are areas where police have not yet been able to get to because of ongoing fire and radiant heat. My heart feels so heavy for these families.