God is with us in the flood
Jane Clamp advises us to remember God’s presence during the floods in our lives.
As I write this, it’s a beautifully sunny, Autumn afternoon. Just a few days ago, however, we were languishing under a curtain of rain which left local roads almost impassable. Having almost a month’s rainfall in a matter of hours, it was no wonder that the drains and fields couldn’t cope.
Sometimes life is a bit like that. I remember a greetings card that read, ‘I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.’ Daily pressures are a normal part of life and usually we find ourselves just “getting on with it.” But there are other times, almost before we notice, when life becomes overwhelming. Too much happens. Our systems become overloaded. We crash.
You see, the roads near me that were badly flooded on Sunday had actually already been under water on the previous Thursday. The levels had subsided and things appeared back to normal, until the excessive rain came. And sometimes I’ve noticed that a surprisingly small amount of rain can produce a problem. If the fields are already saturated, the drains full, then it only takes those extra few drops. It’s like the old proverb about the straw breaking the camel’s back.
God knows all about the stresses of life. It’s why the Bible says things like this:
‘Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7).
‘I pour out my complaint before Him’ (Psalm 142:2).
‘I will be with him in trouble’ (Psalm 91:15).
But He also sends promises that He has no intention of going back on:
‘When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown’ (Isaiah 43:2, New Living Translation).
Life will always be its mixture of sunshine and showers, times when we’re riding the waves and times when we feel like we’re drowning, but we are never alone. God is with us and it’s His presence that makes all the difference.
The image above is courtesy of highwaysindustry.com on Pininterest.
Jane Clamp is the author of Too Soon, a devotional on the subject of miscarriage, published by SPCK in August 2018. A member of the Association of Christian Writers, she writes for local and national radio. In her spare time she is an interior designer and musician.
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