I just don’t think I could survive a flood. I don’t think I could stand the feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and loss. Surely grief would creep in there somewhere. Confusion. Frustration. Uncontrolled heartbreak.
Flood. Overwhelming amounts or quantities.
It’s more than just the unrelenting rain and rising water. It’s also the emotional flood I am sure I couldn’t withstand.
The news is something I actually try to avoid at all costs. But, oh sweet Houston! You’ve got a problem! The biggest natural disaster this country has seen in over a decade and my heart hurts so much for you! But, I am also so incredibly proud of you!
Among all the chaos, raw human beauty is emerging. Like a worm being transformed in order to take wings, you are inspiring a nation to lay down all the ugliness and fly. You are living out love the way we were created to do. You’re crossing over invisible lines drawn for the salvation of another man and it’s awe-inspiring.
I recently spoke with a group of women on how to find joy in your journey. Even in some of our most devastating times, it is so hard to find joy or even a reason. When the floodwaters rise, we still need to trust that God’s got it all figured out for His glory and for our good.
But if you’re stranded out on the roof of your house soaked to the bone with no end in sight, it’s often easy to forget. It’s easy to lose hope and to lose joy.
My list of ways to find joy in the journey:
1. Trust God and lean not on your own understanding.
2. Remember it’s temporary. Even Noah got off the Ark.
3. Take time to abide in Christ every day.
4. Count your blessings.
5. Remember your salvation in Jesus.
But looking at the footage from Houston, I know I forgot to add something to that list and that is:
6. Find ways to love thy neighbor. Every neighbor. Even the ones you think aren’t like you.
In the midst of your flood, your trial and heartbreak seek ways to share the burden. Find the common ground that we all share. We were all made by the same Creator who loves each one of us in the most beautiful mesmerizing ways. Act like it!
Houston, you’re acting like it! You’ve been dealt a bad hand. But I can see, even way over here in Alabama, how God is using you to heal a broken world and offer a slice of hope.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all!
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