Neighbors all throughout the Ozarks face the damaging monster of water pushing against walls, pouring in through basements, lifting trees and over-saturating the ground. Some have lost their homes. The devastation impacts us all, even if indirectly.
Prior to the monsoon rains, my mom’s place encountered a few upsets: an imploded septic system and a termite-infested barn.
Though I’d be freaking out, calling every excavating company and exterminator in town–get out here, now!–my mom shrugs her shoulders and smiles. “Everything on this earth wears out and falls apart–iiwii (it is what it is).” She doesn’t let life’s gorges upset her; why stress? We do what we can and we move on.
I’m trying to apply these lessons to my type-A, anal-task-driven self. An easy task it is not. But, worth the efforts? Jesus thought so: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:34).
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7
Sometimes life hands you a dirty mess and sometimes the situation seems even worse–like a knife to the gut. I’m not saying floods, fires or famines are easy or even cause for celebration. But, beauty and hope and joy can come in the midst of these trials too. Don’t buy into the prosperity gospel (which is really not the Gospel at all) that promises heaven on earth with Jesus. He has promised us Heaven, but it won’t be in the here and now; we rest in the promise of Eternity and the complete healing and regeneration that will one day fully absorb and embrace us. John 16:33, “ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
More than any other Bible story, Noah and the Flood seems to be on the mind right now. Imagine: 40 days of rain. Makes our 12 inches this weekend seem mild. When they finally rested on solid ground again, God hung His bow in the sky and made a promise to His people. Several thousand years later, Jesus made another promise to us (this time with Himself hung in the sky) and said, “It is finished.” Despite whatever floods our hearts, minds, or bodies, our souls are eternally secured in Him. The rainbow after the rain reminds us of redemption. And, these rainbows don’t exit in the mythical world of unicorns and pink sprinkles, but the world of truth–that what He promises He will be sure to fulfill.