I just got back from visiting with some of the firefighters stationed in our parking lot tonight. I asked them how long they thought they would be in the area protecting us. One senior firefighter said; "Until the hot-spots have been wind-tested." He told me that they were almost all contained and controlled. But the fire areas had not been wind-tested yet. Santa Barbara has a wind phenomena called "sun downers" which is a complicated event. Hot winds from the inland arid regions get pushed south into and over the mountains (4,000 feet) just north of us. When they hit the mountains they speed up and gust up to 40-50-60 mph at night. These winds carry almost no humidity and dry everything out and make vegetation much more likely to catch fire.
So the fire crews are waiting for the wind to do its number up in the hills and see if any fires re-ignite or if they are put down for good. Only the wind-test does that to their satisfaction.
That made me wonder about the life of being a disciple and wind-testing. I guess it's when the winds blow through your life that you know if the fires are there or not.