Saturday, August 15, 2009

Our Flood (#243, roughly) by John

Okay, not really flood number 243, it is just that we have lost count after five. Wednesday morning my wife woke up early and was hoping to steal away to her desk to get some work done before everyone got up. But when she put her feet on the floor, she heard "splash". She looked down to see about two inches of water covering about half of our bedroom floor.

We had had a flood. Ella had been playing with the faucet in our bathroom. It is an extra one that we use to hook-up our washing machine. Our water is normally off most of the day and comes on during the night and remains on until mid-morning. So, when Ella played with the tap, no water came out, and she left it on.

After we all went to bed, at about 4:00 in the morning, when the water began to flow, the water began to fill our house. After about 3 hours it filled one bathroom, two bedrooms, and a hallway. Good thing our house is made out of concrete and there is never any structural damage! We just scoop up the water, take it to the drains and turn on the fans.

Needless to say, this was not a fun thing to wake up to. Waking up to two inches of standing water in half your house is not too fun and does not bring a lot of happy thoughts to the mind.

But, God has a way of working on you. After about an half hour of scooping, vacuuming, and fuming, the Holy Spirit was able to break through. He kept bringing this thought to my mind... "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus, concerning you!" To which I would say, "I don't want to be thankful, what is there to be thankful about?"

To this question, He gave me these thoughts. Here is the list:

1. You have a house that can be flooded.
2. Your kids picked up their room last night instead of this morning, so few of their books were destroyed.
3. Your missionary friends bought a ShopVac, and you do not have to do this by hand now, but get to suck up most of the mess.
4. You have people that attend your services, that every time it rains their houses or rooms flood.
5. You have money to replace things that are destroyed, some people do not.

So what else was there to do, but be thankful? Everything has a reason, and everything works together for good. I am glad God just allows me to be with Him during the trip.

Here are some pictures from the flood.


  1. WOW!
    What a morning for you! We have had those mornings before and totally know what you are saying! But we have oh so much to be thankful for.
    We love you! Looks like the girls enjoyed the water!

  2. Oh!!! Not good... but it looks like you had a fun time cleaning up:)