When the Rains Come Down–and In

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Since our backyard slopes downward toward the house, when heavy rains come, the accumulation sometimes invites itself right into our kitchen without even knocking.

The efforts we’ve made so far to divert the rainwater away from our house haven’t worked too well, so next we’ll try an outdoor sump pump.

This week the rains have really been coming down—and in. The first night of flooding I didn’t get a full night’s sleep, getting out of bed periodically to deal with the problem.

The wet/dry vac we borrowed from our neighbor has been a tremendous help in keeping the inflow manageable.

So what helps put situations like this into perspective?

It could be a whole lot worse.

A family we knew in Pennsylvania had floodwaters fill their basement and their first floor, and up into the second floor a foot or more. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rank that a 10—and ours only a 1, if even that.

It’s only temporary.

It helps to remember that 99.9% of the time our house is dry. Floods always subside and the sun will shine again.

If we are faithful in Christ, even the very worst of our troubles in this life cannot pursue us into the next.

It’s an ideal opportunity for growth.

Though the apostle Paul experienced many severe hardships, he could still say,  “. . . we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope . . .” (Romans 5:3-4).

Many believers have discovered from their own experience that hardship can actually turn out to be a very positive thing (Psalm 119:67, 71; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10; 12:7-10).

We can either let trials embitter us, or we can be open to the lessons they can teach us.

There’s so much to learn!


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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When Trouble Comes

What they faced

When Daniel learned that Nebuchadnezzar intended to execute the wise men of Babylon if they could not tell him his dream and interpret it, he went to his friends “so that they might request compassion from the God of heaven . . .” (Daniel 2:17-18).

Centuries later Peter and John were forbidden to preach Christ. They informed their friends and then together they “lifted their voices to God with one accord . . .” (Acts 4:18, 23, 24).

How they responded

In both cases: 1) they were threatened by the authorities, 2) they went to their fellow believers, 3) they prayed, 4) God answered them mightily.

Note: Before the crisis came, they already had a strong relationship with God and His people.

They had their resources ready.

Do we?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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