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Surviving a Flood

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June was a record month here in Adams County. But it was not the kind of record month anyone would want to experience again. As you drive around our region, you can’t help but feel a sense of the devastation that the historic rainfall total has brought to our area.

Floods come in lots of shapes and sizes in our lives. Bills can flood in when we least expect them and are least prepared. Grief can mount and flood over us in seasons of loss and death. Anxiety can seem to reach historic proportions in our lives in seasons of uncertainty and change.

When the floodwaters in our lives seem to rise to historic proportions, where do we go? How do we survive the unexpected floods of life whether they are in our fields or our families?

The psalmist David gives us a great perspective and words of incredible hope for the days when the floods seem to overwhelm us.

The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” (Psalm 29:10–11, NLT)

The great message of comfort in all of this is that the flood is not ultimately in control, God is. The first place our mind often goes when we see something like this is, “If you rule over the floodwaters of life God, then why didn’t you keep them from happening in the first place?” We don’t have room in this short piece to wrestle with the tension of the existence of a good God and the obvious presence of devastating human experiences. Suffice it for now to say this: We all know horrible things happen to us and figuring out why it happens is not near as important as deciding how you are going to face the flood.

What God wants you to know is that the flood does not have to have the final say in your life. The flood of bills does not have to overwhelm you. The seemingly unending stream of bad medical reports does not have to have the last word. The pile of tear-soaked tissues on your coffee table does not have to be the defining picture of your future.

God is king and will be king over your situation if you allow him to be so. Ask the Lord to show you His authority over the overwhelming situations of your life. Allow the flood to be the defining moment where you recognize the ruling power of God not only in the overwhelming moments, but in every moment of your life.

When you ask God to show you His authority over the flood, you will receive two very important resources into your life: strength and peace. Strength is the emotional, spiritual, and physical capacity to withstand the flood. Peace is the sense of wholeness and soundness in life that comes with knowing God is ultimately in charge and the flood will not have the final say.

When you drive around our region and you see the aftermath of the flood, just remember – the rain will not have the final say, God will. When you flip through the pages of your heart today and see the aftermath of life’s floods, remember that there is a God who has strength and peace for you.

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