posted on May 18, 2011 14:14
As we navigated through the flooding of our home this past year, we experienced a wide range of emotions and challenges. In retrospect, we would have to say that we had a heightened awareness of His power, thankfulness for His provision and an increased appreciation of His presence in the details of our daily life. The fury of the rain and the force of its destruction reminded us that the Lord has a power that we cannot contain, or at times, understand. The water flooded our crawlspace and garage, and only six inches spread throughout our house, but it completely destroyed a car, numerous possessions and the entire lower lever of our home. We stood amazed at the damage water could do and the filth, stench and even bacteria it left behind. As much as we were saddened and repulsed by the damage, we were intensely thankful for flood insurance (which we knew most people did not have), for the friends, neighbors and even strangers who volunteered to do wonderfully practical things like pulling up soaked carpet, bringing us meals, packing our possessions and offering us bottles of water. Friends invited us to live with them for a week here and there – and to stay at a farm that was for sale – or another six months!
God’s creativity in meeting with us daily was a blessing amidst the destruction. He provided a godly contractor (with a great sense of humor), the chance to take care of horses and goats on the farm, the whimsical opportunity for the kids to ride scooters throughout the house, take hammers to destroy wallboard – with great delight – and even do parkour through the studs as we gutted the first floor.
We did not lose the heavenly irony of God’s provision in living at the farm at night (which was spotless - and had to be continually kept that way to be sold) and every day traversing across the city to a home that had been torn apart.
In many ways, the months of rebuilding are a blur, but seeing the Lord at every turn – good and bad – is something we wouldn’t trade and for which we will always have gratitude.
-Corey Nason Reese