Today a friend took us for a drive to the mountains on the island of Zaykynthos. As we drove out we noticed heavy smoke billowing from a hill near the town of Keri. Forest fires broke out. The wildfire in progress on the island of Zakynthos has led authorities to evacuate some exposed houses on the village of Keri, in the southern part of the island, as well as 120 tourists staying at a hotel there.
The tourists were taken by bus to another hotel, in the nearby resort of Kalamaki.
The fire service said 10 of the 12 fires burning on Zakynthos are still unchecked, with high winds making it difficult to control the flames. A fire brigade commander says they have consumed mostly forests and olive groves so far.
Later we were having lunch in a small village on the coast. We watched as two aeroplanes dipped down to the sea and picked up water. Then they circled around to take the water and dump it on the fire fronts.
A short time later a helicopter arrived, hovered over the sea and filled a large container with water and flew off to fight the fire.
Before my eyes I was seeing the fulfilment of a verse I had read before my holiday.
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land,” Isaiah 44 v 3
This verse refers to the promise of God pouring out the Holy Spirit on anyone who is thirsty for the things of God.