Monday, February 28, 2011

Of floods and building arks (or wanting to!)

Well, yesterday's Gospel was about worry, and anxiety, and how we shouldn't worry, because wants to take care of us!  Well, it's our nature to, especially when......

we had such flooding last night.  I woke up in the middle of the night to an extra body in our bed, and heard Jim say, "It's ok, Oliver!"  When I asked him what he meant, he said that Oliver was shaking something terrible and cowering under our bed.  The light and sound show going on outside was incredible.  Shortly thereafter, he slipped downstairs to check things out....and found a little water in our basement.  Not much, since we sit on one of the highest points in New Bremen, but our entire backyard was under water during the night.

Little did we know that shortly thereafter, the canal would be overflowing at its banks.  The people one street over from us had huge amounts of water in their basements....I feel for them.  It's been a very stressful day in New Bremen for lots and lots of people, and the good news (as far as I've heard) is that there have been no injuries as a result of the flooding.  It could have been much much worse.

And yet we worry.  Of course we do!  Are our things ok?  Did we get everything dried out adequately?  How will we replace everything? 

Why can't we let go?  It's tough.  Very very tough.

My friend, who had 14" of water in her basement this morning, said it best...."I am held accountable for the words preached yesterday and it was on an attitude of worship no matter what the circumstance and how we respond to these situation. My smile is still trying to appear on my face but I will maintain an attitude of peace until it shows up. I am going to pass this test and give Him all the glory for it. ♥"

Oh, how I love her.  We should all be able to let go and let God just like that.

But I'm working on it.  :)

Prayers going out to everyone dealing with loss today.  May we be able to grow stronger because of it.

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