Have you ever felt alone when you were surrounded by other people? Have you ever experienced all of your dreams going up in smoke right before your eyes?

In my book, My Precious Shepherd, story number 30, A Summer’s Blaze, is a time when I was completely surrounded by people, but yet I was alone in my own little world. I was pouring out my heart in prayers before God. Was He hearing me when I saw what He had given to us go up in flames?

Many times, all of us experience a tragedy that touches our life so closely that we can NOT understand how we will get through this alone. Sometimes, people are not your answer in life’s worst of tragedies.

My husband had gone that particular day to go to buy a milk cow that we wanted. He drove across our county for about 30 minutes to talk with this farmer about his cow. We were excited that the farmer did not want money for his cow, but wanted several loads of chicken litter to fertilize his fields. Since we had just sold a grow of chickens and just cleaned out these houses, we had plenty of this fertilizer.

Our family at home that day consisted of our four children (at this time) and myself. It was a beautiful summer day, the warm air was blowing in the summer’s breeze. All the new baby chicks were safely in the newly refurbished chicken houses. We had 8 houses that were filled with between 17,000-20,000 chickens per house, some were baby chicks and some larger chickens.

Our dream had come true when God showed us this farm and directed us to move there. Living out a dream of your life time is a wonderful feeling.

That day, however, was the day before our friend would come and help us correct an electrical problem in one of our chicken houses. That house was the home of 17,000 baby chicks. We had just turned on the feeder as my husband was leaving the farm to seal the deal with the cow.

As I was saying goodbye to him, I returned in the house to fix a big meal for our family when he returned. Each of our children had a part in helping me cook this meal. The younger children were setting the table as the older ones were managing part of the cooking.

A few minutes after he left, I gazed out the window and saw a most dreadful site—smoke blowing in the summer breeze. I raced to the bottom of our driveway to see thick billows of smoke pouring out of this chicken house that had an electrical problem. Our oldest son was racing toward it. As he tried to gain entrance, I screamed at him to stop.

Our oldest daughter realized what was happening so she raced to the house to call the fire department. I was already on the phone with them by this time, but I was having a hard time getting the words our of my mouth when she took over. She explained where we lived perfectly and then ran to a neighbor to seek his help.
As the 10 fire departments arrived to quell the blaze, the fire chief asked me if we had a water source. While talking about this fire, he mentioned that they would try to save the rest of the houses, but were not sure if they would be able.

Read the rest of the story in my book on pages 207-213! Always remember, God is with you especially when you feel so alone.

Remember, “For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs…We went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” (Psalm 66:10-12)

In John 14:18 God assures us, “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you!”

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