I now consider North Carolina to be my home but for the first 25 years of my life, home was Arizona. The mountains and the desert will always hold a special place in my heart. Most of my family still lives there. On Tuesday night, a local sheriff visited my dad’s home in the southern corner of the state. He told my dad it was time to evacuate. The fire was too close. I visited my dad in April and this is the view from his front yard.
It’s the view of the Huachuca Mountains. It’s the same area being consumed by fire today. The whole area is under a State of Emergency and many people are losing their homes and their possessions.
When my dad was instructed to pack up and leave, he had a relatively easy time deciding what to bring. He packed up his two macaws, one parrot and one Dalmatian and made the twenty minute drive up the road to my grandma’s house. In comparison, packing up is not as simple for many neighbors who have cattle and horses to think about.
Fires,tornadoes,earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis always make me pause. It reminds me to slow down long enough and be grateful for my life. Events like this have a way of putting human life into perspective again. A house can be rebuilt again. Stuff can be acquired again. But, life and family are precious. Today, if you think of it, say a prayer for those in the path of the fire and those who have lost their homes. Take some time today to thank Him for all the blessings in your life!
Today, I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama and participating in Five Minute Friday. The topic today is HOME. If you would like to link up, click HERE