Thursday, 23 September 2021

M Michele's Musings

In the Midst of Floods

Flood Waters

The other morning when I left for work it was a little rainy; I could hear thunder rumbling in the distance but I was completely unaware of the torrential downpour I was about to experience just miles down the road.  Soon after I left the house it became apparent from the full ditches alongside the road that it had been raining far heavier than I had realized.  It wasn’t long before I was bombarded with a severe downpour that lasted throughout most of my drive to work.  At times, I could barely see three to five feet in front of me forcing me to slow to a snail’s pace.  Along the way, I began to encounter water creeping up over the roadway.  I immediately began to think about higher roads that I could take mapping out a route in my mind.  Due to past not-so-good experiences, I am quite fearful of high water over roads and here I was, on this horrible stormy morning, in an unfamiliar, low to the ground, rental car that I knew nothing about.  As I continued on my journey, extreme trepidation began to set in as even the high ground routes I had chosen were experiencing far more flooding than normal.  As I neared the outskirts of the city areas high water became more frequent and I was forced to forge ahead.  When able, I moved to the more elevated center of the road.  Even so, the water was so high in places that there was little to no visibility of the center line which caused my fear to rise and I lifted up fervent prayers to God to keep me on track and safe so that I would not end up in even deeper waters.  My heart was in turmoil for what seemed to be miles and miles of pushing my way through deep water.  My usual 30-to-35-minute drive took well over an hour because of the heavy rain and extreme flash flooding taking place.  Though I made it safe and sound, by the time I reached my work place, my stomach was in knots and nausea assailed my very being.  Eventually, the tension drained and as the day wore on the trauma of the morning was forgotten and feelings of normalcy returned.  

Parallels to life circumstances flooded my thoughts.  There are times when our situations can seem like just what I experienced this morning.  A little bit of trouble starts to rain in our lives and situations.  It seems slow at first but in the distance, we hear a bit of rumbling coming our way.  Before we know it, a storm has arisen seemingly out of nowhere, waters are rising and threatening to flood our life.  Tempests often loom dark and heavy and can cause fear to envelope our very being.  We panic, much like what happened to me with the rain and rising water.  We conjure up plans to avoid or skirt the circumstances coming our way even though sometimes they can be, or seem to be, inescapable.  However, what should our first course of action be when the storms of life want to assail, flood and loom over our hearts and life?  Well, in actuality, we shouldn’t be anxious like I was! “Do not be anxious about anything...” Philippians 4:6a    Prayer should always be our first recourse. “But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6b   

When we pray, we should put our trust in the Lord and let Him guide us.  He desires to give us clear direction. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6  As we trust Him, He will always bring us safe and victorious to the other side of any problem or situation that may arise in our life.  The Word tells us that “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Another important course of action is to hang on to God’s word.  Hanging on to God’s word will help us to “not be anxious” as Philippians 4:6 so eloquently admonishes us.  Therefore, if we have His word planted in our hearts and minds, we have less of a chance of worry creeping its way into our lives.  God’s promises are always “Yea and Amen.” (Reference 2 Corinthians 1:20)  His Word is the very thing we should keep our minds focused on when we face storms and high waters. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  Isaiah 26:3  The promises in God’s Word brings hope, encouragement and builds trust that God is on our side and He is there to help us in every circumstance, no matter the difficulty. 

God is always faithful to His Word and to us, His beloved children.  When we are faced with unknown and new situations, much like I found myself on flooded streets in a strange car, there is all the more reason to hang on to God’s Word.  When facing the unknown, it can be very scary.  Like the psalmist, we should pray with conviction, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.” Psalms 56:3-4a   Yes, God’s Word needs to be rooted and grounded in our hearts and minds to counter any attack, any storm, any fear, any lie that may come our way.  Satan seeks to use all these things and more to flood our hearts with anxiety, terror, discouragement, hopelessness, disillusionment and despair.  Along with prayer, praise and trust, God’s Word is what we need to prevail and overcome in any given situation.  If our lives are built on Him we will not only survive, we will thrive.            

The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house;

And yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”

                                                                                                       Matthew 7:25

So, even when rain and storms come and we find ourselves in deep water we can be assured that God is with us.  He gives us His promise to keep us safe.  We need but trust His Word, His love for us, His heart toward us, His covenant keeping power and we will be triumphant over all the plans the enemy may have against us.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” 

                                                                                                                                                  Isaiah 43:2a

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright July 2021 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Photo by Jeanne Marie Chaffin

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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