Down but not out …

“If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.” Matthew 7:35

During the flooding from Hurricane Katrina, families fled to the safe haven of Houston, and then faced a repeat of the trauma of flooding with Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, wherever there is a path for water to run, there is the possibility for flooding. Yet, one can be a smart homeowner, and with the predicable flooding along rivers, we can do something to prevent from having to start over again.

This fall  before leaving the cottage on the river, we lifted everything that had value at least two feet off the floor, hoping we would not face a pending spring flood and not be able to get to Pennsylvania in time to save the furnishes of the cottage. There hasn’t been a flood of this nature since the late 1990’s, but I believe in the saying, “Better safe than sorry.”

The neighbors across the river were down on their luck when they experienced several floods. Finally they decided since their house was built upon the sandy river bed, their only recourse was to spend thousands of dollars and have their home lifted six feet.

Jesus tells us we need to be smart about who we put our faith in–“sand” or “rock.”

Lord, help us find strength in you, our rock of salvation. Amen.




About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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