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Flash flood.

It is defined as…”a sudden, localized flood of great volume & short duration due by unusually heavy rains.”

I have heard that term in the weather so many times but never experienced it until Tuesday night. The rain came down heavy in many places but where we lived, it came down in such a way that we all knew we had never seen anything like it before.

Unparalleled.

Unmatched.

In minutes, our downstairs flooded. The waters rushed in like a river. No holding it back. No stopping it. Pine needles, leaves, wood chips – all came pouring into the house. Our possessions floating.

In less than an hour, the storm was over, the damage done & we are still cleaning up & throwing out. While standing in water knee deep, trying to get sump pumps going & praying that we were careful & not clumsy to drop electrical wires in the water, I was suddenly aware that I had an appreciation for God that was newly founded.

His power & might had been displayed. He is sovereign. He is the One, the Only One, that can control creation. He speaks & it is done. The weather obeys only Him.

PSALM 93

1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm
and cannot be shaken.

2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.
You yourself are from the everlasting past.

3 The floods have risen up, O Lord.
The floods have roared like thunder;
the floods have lifted their pounding waves.

4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore””
the Lord above is mightier than these!

5 Your royal laws cannot be changed.
Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever. 

Today I am in awe of my God. He has shown me another facet of Who He is & continues to be. I am filled with the awareness that He is greater than I understood. I am filled with the awareness of His might, His sovereignty. I am filled with the awareness that there is NOTHING that He cannot do.

May I not limit His ability. Tuesday night, in just seconds, I saw the power of God unleashed & knew that He was still withholding. He is greater than I could ever conceive.

Sure it is not the way I would have chosen to learn about Him. Yet I am grateful to Him.  He loves me enough to turn a circumstance like this into a teachable moment. This morning as I think on the needs in my family which seem great, impossible even, I bow before Him & say, “Do in our lives what only You can do!”.