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Life Through the Lens: Why put a fire out with a bucket?
Kevin Schrapel thinks about firefighting and life.
This post was contributed by Kevin Schrapel, and is the author’s personal opinion.
They used to be up and down every street, standing bright, shiny and red, with polished brass fittings, proudly stating, “I am here to serve this community and keep it safe”.
Today they have gone underground.
Streets are marked with a blue cat’s eye on the road, but their purpose is still the same: “I am here to serve this community and keep it safe”.
Many years ago, I witnessed the Coober Pedy pub burn down due to the lack of a pressurised fire service.
But we did get most of the beer out by a hand-to-hand chain gang.
Also, the very community-minded Coro family re-built bigger and better.
When the firies attend to an emergency, there are a couple of things they need to know and believe: the location of the fireplug in relation to the cat’s eye on the road, how to access the under-the-road fireplug, that there will be pressurised water available, how to tap into it.
Why would you try to put a fire out with a bucket if the qualified firey is there with his hose connected to the hydrant and with access to an unlimited supply of pressurised water?
Yet we do it every day.
We let loose worries, fears, self-doubt, broken relationships, financial troubles, busted friendships, worries about the world situation, wars, floods, anxieties about all manner of things which we feel we have no control over.
It can be like watching and feeling your life burn and collapse around you.
You are not alone in these feelings and fears.
Everyone goes through these things to lesser or greater degrees during their life.
One of the greatest comforts is to know someone is standing by you with the knowledge, the power and the desire to help.
You may not see him, but the God of the Bible has promised, “I want you to trust me in your times of trouble so that I can rescue you and you can honour me” (Psalm 50:15).
Jesus, God’s son, gives the same promise with the words, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
I don’t have room to list all the life-changing and supporting – the miracles – Jesus did, but you can check them out on this link, and you might even find someone like yourself there: bibilium.com/miracles-of-jesus-37-chronological-order.
Cheers and have a great week.
PS: How many blue cat’s eyes are on your street?
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