I Believe in Providence

My strong belief in God as the master conductor of life’s symphony is drawn from the conclusion of the house-fire. There were many points of miraculous intervention that could have decided the fate of my wife, my children, and I (here is a link to an interview about that horrid day). Here are the major points listed:

- Had an early soccer match. I should have left at 7:45 a.m. My wife would have been alone with the children, and most probably reacted very differently (her words).

- The fire began approximately at 8:45 a.m. in the lower basement levels and slowly began to increase in intensity.

- My son went down elevator at approximately 8:45 a.m. to fetch water from complex reserve (no water that morning, underground pipes ruptured in the early morning).

- My son came back up elevator around 8:55 a.m. If smoke had already filled the building, he could have been trapped in an elevator with no one to reach him in time.

- My wife went down elevator at approximately 9 a.m. Then left to work. The same applies to my wife, had the explosion already taken place.

- My daughter was playing in the kitchen by the window at 9:04 a.m. I was in the room and called out to her, approximately 30 seconds before the first explosion. The flames were strongest near my kitchen window, so much that the gas heater exhaust pipe crumbled due to heat and my blinds melted.

- The first explosion was at 9:06 a.m. - My son yelled, smoke! I ran out the front door, took three deep inhales of black tar smoke unintentionally (fireman faint at 3-5 inhales).

- I ran back toward the door, lost in dark smoke, I smashed my face into a cement wall. I broke my eyeglasses and blindly found my way back to the door. I could have been knocked out on the floor, thus leaving my young children to a house full of smoke and hallway of flames for at least 15 minutes.

- Stairwell exit was blocked by a three-meter flame that was roasting the wall that connects to my kitchen. There are pictures of the wall below that show the way the flame broke up the concrete. Who knows what could have happened if that flame continued to demolish that wall.

- A complex worker was upstairs before the first explosions. He was able to turn off the gas lines in time. The gas lines run directly through the trash chute and therefore was one less risk to worry about.

- In the garage, the greatest explosion could have taken place in the trash chute had the door been shut and the gasses accumulated. All the cars are parked a few feet from that room.

In conclusion of the fire, I can say God knew WHEN and HOW the fire would occur and WHO and WHERE each person would be involved in the puzzle. All those factors, altered by a few moments, could have caused greater and direr outcomes. I believe there is clear evidence of God controlling otherwise unforeseeable circumstances. This is just one of the ways God makes Himself known to us. It ratifies our faith and hope for the future.