The morning came with normalcy and everyone throughout the cities went about their ordinary routines. The rains began moving in yet little did we know what was fixing to unfold. Weather forecasts or often a little off and many assumed the rains would not be as severe as predicted. We were wrong! They were right!
The rains came and stayed. Day after day torrential down pours equaling around twenty inches. Flood alerts were being predicted everywhere. Yet many ignored the warnings. Day three and panic was widespread. People evacuating leaving everything behind, others staying put hoping for the rain to let up. But it kept raining, raining, and raining. Waters were rising rapidly in places unpredictable. Houses began flooding; Levees breaking; Water-pumps failing; Roads washing away; Interstates closing; And several lives were lost. The devastation and heartbreak was just beginning. The crisis was wide spread. Social media was blowing up with pictures of the significance of the events happening all around and people were desperate.
And then it happened.
The body of Christ began functioning the way we were created to – UNITED! Adults, kids, teenagers all coming out of their safe homes in the pouring rain for one cause – helping others! It did not matter if you were a friend; neighbor or complete stranger the body of Christ was reaching out in love and being selfless. People wanted to help. It’s a deep desire within us to live in a larger story. We are called to more. We long for something bigger than ourselves and it was right in front of us. And we took hold. Unity was being washed upon us.
Thinking back on the devastating beauty of what was happening (I get tears typing this now) I saw people of all ages, color, nationality, and gender offering them selves in a broad spectrum of ways: running dump trucks of sand to targeted areas, sandbagging, delivering and placing sandbags, moving things from flood victims homes, making sandwiches and picking up food and delivering it to workers, giving money, clothes, and countless other needed items, housing those with no place to go, rescuing animals, boating strangers to safety, boating people to check on their homes, ripping up wet moldy carpet, tearing down saturated walls, loading up school buses of baseball players to help out a coach who lost everything, and so much more than I can not type on this page. Local churches came together and organized plans to set up different stations at different churches. Teams were being organized daily to meet the urgent needs of a vast number of people around us. In all this unity, restoration, healing, togetherness was happening. What the enemy meant for harm and destruction, God would begin using for unity, and good. Only Jesus could do this.
The floodwaters moving through our cities brought great loss and wreckage. However, the Spirit of the Living God rode in on the raging waters doing what only He can do. He is bringing about change. Changing our focus; Washing us clean; Making all things new; Awakening our hearts; Restoring our souls; We see devastation and loss. He see’s opportunities for new beginnings and a holy cleansing. He is washing our hearts clean; He is washing away sins, bondage, and the old man nature; He hears our cries. His ways are higher than our ways. HE IS WITH US!
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Many even today still have water in their homes; others are beginning the process of demolition, others have lost their homes, cars and everything. The devastation is still all around – However, Our Great God will take the ashes and make beauty. Only He can call the body of Christ out to become united. And united we are! We are all still working together to rebuild our community. The severe flooding has washed away many things, but it has also washed in UNITY and that is a beautiful thing!
This is God’s Beauty coming fully ALIVE
If you are hungry for more — please check out this women’s retreat happening APRIL 8-10!