When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
Recently I came home one Friday afternoon thinking about how we had nothing to do all weekend—it would be quiet and relaxing. We had gone through the month of January with lots of house guests, and now that was over. But…
As I walked in and said hey to Robert who is in our bedroom, I heard a roaring sound coming from our great room. I was saying aloud, “What is that sound?” I was thinking, “Have we got a fan going?” As soon as I stepped onto the carpet in our great room going towards the sound, my ‘what’s that sound?” changed to “OH MY WORD!” Water squished under my feet. It was everywhere. Robert quickly jumped to action turning the water off. A pipe burst in the wall in our great room and water was gushing in under the flooring. By the time Robert got the water turned off, all except our master bedroom was flooded. Everywhere you stepped, water oozed.
I frantically started finding home owner’s insurance paperwork and Robert went to Lowe’s in search of a squeegee, but we quickly realized that using a squeegee on this would be like putting a bandaid on the Titanic.
So, in the middle of devastation, how do we who are Christians react? Do we get angry at God for allowing this to happen? Ours is a minor problem compared to disease, death and many other tragic events. And that’s where we start. Robert held me as I cried while we stood in the water, but both of us said, “We are so blessed.” As Robert was trying to find the source of the problem and getting the water turned off, I stood in the kitchen saying, “God help us!” He did.
Before I share with you how God took care of us and since I am typing this as I stare at concrete floors, He is taking care of us still, I must share with you honestly reasons we could have to be angry, bitter and stay heartbroken. In no way do I want you to think that I am your model and have handled this so perfectly. No.
In twenty-three years of marriage, we have replaced one kitchen floor because we removed a wall. Last June, God provided and we were able to replace our flooring throughout our entire house. Most all the downstairs flooring is gone, totally destroyed.
One week prior to the flood, God had again provided and we were able to pay off a huge debt. We have been working towards that end for a long time. It hurt, there were sacrifices, and you know this all too well, don’t you? We are just like you and two kids, cars, car insurance, private school tuitions and now college…you get the picture. As water was gushing into my house, I knew that this sounded like money. Here we go again, I thought.
Now how God is taking care of us. That night I contacted my youngest daughter who contacted my oldest daughter and within a short period of time, our furniture was quickly being hauled out with so much more help being offered by friends than we needed. One of the young gentlemen said, “This is what my dad does for a living” (referring to cleaning up water disasters). Within the next hour a company came in, tore out all the ruined flooring and set up twenty-one fans and four dehumidifying machines that ran all weekend. A plumber also came quickly and corrected the problem, allowing us to have water again. In a city that has seen colder temps than we have had in twenty years and pipes are bursting everywhere, this fast help was the Hand of God.
An insurance adjuster and the company that installed all our flooring and will do that again, have all told us not to worry: both are so far going over and above what’s necessary. When everything settles, that may not be true, but I am trusting God on this one.
Last Wednesday night these verses that follow are the verses that we focused on for the night. I am teaching on prayer and fasting and using wonderful material by Ronnie Floyd. Our lesson to be taught was already set in place before we had a flood, and God needed to send me a clear message. Understand that whatever you are going through, these are for you also. God’s got this.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. Isaiah 58:9
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. Isaiah 58:11-12