Lessons from a Flooded Duplex

The call came at 6:45 am

“There are 3 inches of water in our bedrooms and the water is rising!”

The huge retention pond was overflowing into the yards and homes. I ran out the door, no makeup, no fixing my hair to get help!  I met my husband and Mike at the duplexes and they went to work on the flooded unit.

In the past, I would have followed their steps, jumped in, and worked hard in my strength and skills to help clean up that unit.  I would have gotten so buried emotionally and physically under the current circumstances that I would not have focused on anything else but the problem. But this time, I listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit: “Let’s go see if we can prevent the other units from flooding!”

Two more units were close to flooding and needed a pump. I called the village and they were out of pumps! It was easy to step right back into my strength and hook up two smaller pumps I had brought along.

As I finished hooking them up, the village truck pulled up with two large pumps they borrowed from neighboring towns. Only God could bring 2 huge pumps from neighboring towns!

My plans were to do the work I knew all too well how to do, but God had other plans for me. When I stepped out to trust Him and follow His lead, He walked me through the circumstances and showed me what He wanted me to do. My assignment was more about the people than the work that needed to be done. I had the blessing of  encouraging others in the midst of very difficult circumstances. His plans for me did not bury me emotionally, nor overwork me.  His plans gave me a capacity and freedom I had never experienced before.

 

‘He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”  Psalm 40:3

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