And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It my people: and they shall say, The my God.Zechariah 13:9 (emphasis mine) KJV
Last fall forest fires burned through our mountains. The sky was a gray haze and we smelled smoke for days. Animals running from the fires showed up in neighborhoods and other unusual places. Finally the rains came and helped the firemen get the fires under control.
This spring the grass is growing back. Flowers are awakening on the charred forest floor. Little sprouts that would never have seen the light of day are coming up through the humus and ash. Damaged trees are being used by the wildlife for homes. The forest is coming back to life more beautiful than ever.
Our family has been through some "fires" this year as well. Serious health issues loomed over us like gray smoke. Broken homes have torn hearts apart and