Procrastinating in a fire: hell!

blue ridge mountains fire australia

The above picture is taken from the home of the Publisher of These Stone Walls. She’s in the Blue Mountains, not of WNC, but in NSW. What you’re looking at is a wall of fire and smoke racing over the ridges consuming everything in its path. She’s next on the list to get an evacuation order. Prayers for all those involved, residents and firefighters.

Forest fires in Australia are particularly dangerous as the common Eucalyptus tree has a highly flammable oil, making the trees literally explode like a bomb. In the heat the flaming oil is through up into the fire storm’s own turbulent winds, and is able to carried as fire balls for even a few kilometers, giving such fires the potential to spread crazy fast.

Add to that the fact the temps are up to 114 degrees Fahrenheit and we have a recipe for absolute disaster. I’ve lived in those same blue mountains down under, saw the same rising of smoke and flames shooting across the road in the front of me while driving from place to place, and, mind you, just place to place, not evacuating. It’s surprising how close we let hellfire get to our own personal lives… spiritual lives, too.

The trouble is that you tend to listen to the laid back words of the laid back Australians, and ignore it all. It’s like living on Key West and saying that you’ve weathered hurricanes successfully before as a hurricane blows you off your feet. It’s not a guarantee that things will turn out just fine this time. As I get older, I think I would just go ahead and evacuate. Or maybe I would let myself entrench in my ways. Hmmm… my spiritual life again…

Father Gordon told me this morning that he himself has no problem at all with procrastination since, of course, he’s already put off thinking about any problem with procrastination that he might otherwise have.


Confession time: I can procrastinate with the spiritual life. But – hey! – knowing such horror is the first step in going about changing things up. But in this case, it’s not about me working at it so much as just allowing myself by God’s grace to be drawn into a closer friendship with Jesus, trustful of His providence from the one moment to the next. To evacuate this world and escape the fires of hell, well, there’s no room for procrastination. And our Salvation is Our Lord Jesus Himself. No fear! Confession time!


Filed under Confession, Humor, Nature

9 responses to “Procrastinating in a fire: hell!

  1. Aussie Mum

    “… it’s not about me working at it so much as just allowing myself by God’s grace to be drawn into a closer friendship with Jesus, trustful of His providence from the one moment to the next.”
    Thank you Father. I needed to be reminded.

    As for the fires, yes, they are quite bad. Apparently most main roads out of Sydney are blocked by fire, or were last time I heard. That city is 5 hours north of us and yet its smoke has reached here and we have been living in its haze for days. Then 2 days ago my son in Melbourne, more than two hours south of us, phoned to see if his brother and I were safe because our rural city and suburbs had bush fires on our northern and southern borders and the southern highway out was blocked by fire, our smoke having reached him on Australia’s far southern coast. The fires close around us are now out but they are still raging not far away, throughout much of New South Wales and in three other states as well. So far only the Northern Territory and Western Australia has not been affected.

    • Joisy Goil

      Aussie Mom,
      Father George’s article got my attention. It did not occur to me that these horrid fires were happening on other continents.
      I thought this was a North American phenomenon. Prayers, and more prayers.

  2. Aussie Mum

    I was just checking the news re fire situation here before going to sleep and saw this picture (see link below) of one of the fires associated with the Blue Mountains’ blaze. It shows what Father was describing in his post and does indeed put one in mind of hell.$zoom_0.378%2C$multiply_1.0582%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_0%2C$y_0/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/7a6a952f171966c7344b56ba12eb6076d87a3140

  3. Mary Ann

    What a wonderful gift, the Sacrament of Confession is.

  4. Mary Ann

    Merciful Jesus, I know that my country Australia, has greatly offended You, with the passing in state after state, of horrific abortion laws.

    For the sake of the many Australians, who resisted these laws, send abundant rain upon Australia, to put out the fires, and to fill up the dams and reservoirs, and to supply all of Australia’s water needs.

    Jesus, I trust in You.

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