All Fired Up!

"My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip. He who watches over you will not slumber."  Psalm 121:2 & 3

After the string of 50 to 60 degree days last week... were you ready for the major snowstorm that arrived last Thursday?

After hearing from parents how treacherous the road conditions were becoming during our soggy dismissal process, I decided to cancel dinner plans with a friend and go directly home. My son also followed suit and decided to cancel his plans and remain at home for the evening as well.

As we were sitting at our kitchen counter eating the "Plan B" dinner we quickly whipped up, a few loud explosion noises startled both of us as we watched our backyard light up like the 4th of July! Racing to the window, we saw a strip of fire dancing wildly across our backyard and coming within feet of our wooden play structure, wooden white picket fence, and multiple trees and bushes. I quickly ran to get my phone to call 911 while my son started putting leashes on dogs in the event that we were going to need to quickly evacuate the house.

It was very apparent that the weight of the ice and snow was too much for one of the power lines that travels over our yard and we were experiencing an electrical fire and all of the dangers that accompany a live downed wire. Due to all of the slush and snow on our subdivision road, the fire trucks opted to utilize the street behind our house to gain access our backyard. From approximately 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., firefighters and a fire truck were stationed behind my backyard to watch over the fire until DTE could arrive. Eventually, I gave up and went to bed as the fire still burned in my backyard.

The next day, as I was retelling the events of my evening, someone asked, "How could you go to sleep knowing that you had a fire in your backyard?"  My reply was, "I knew the firemen were there watching over things and would immediately handle the situation if something got out of control."

Later on, as I reflected upon this situation, I realized how similar this analogy is to our Heavenly Father. Just as the firemen were stationed to watch over this dangerous situation, the Lord is constantly watching over us in all situations as well. Just as I had peace that the firemen were stationed behind my house, we can have peace and reassurance knowing that the Lord sees all things and will always be there to help us when we are in trouble. Psalm 121:3 states "He who watches over you does not slumber."  What a blessing to know that the Lord is constantly on duty watching over us! There is never a circumstance that occurs that is not on His radar.

At St. Matthew Lutheran School, one of our top priorities is to cultivate your child's faith journey and help build that trust and reliance in Jesus.  As we partner with you and groom these young disciples for a life of servanthood, we want them to have the confidence that Jesus is always with them, even when there seem to be "fires" going on in their lives.

Have a wonderful week knowing that He is always watching over you!

In Jesus' love,
Mrs. Palka

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