Saturday, 28 November 2009

Flood Testimony

In this posting I am going to break the only 2 rules I have mentally made about my blog:

1) Mentioning friends names personally and
2) Not having Christian content in every blog; don’t want my non-believing readers to feel “Bible bashed”!!!

The reason for 1) will become obvious and 2) is because I find it hard to write about anything in any depth without referring to what the Bible has to say about it! I promise I will write some frivolous postings soon (like how to curl your hair with hair straightners; do you really want to know?!).

My friends Steve and Pearl found themselves on the 6 oclock news last Friday for a reason they would never have imagined earlier on in the week. As the rain poured and poured through Wednesday and Thursday they found the ground floor of their house gradually filling up with water, by the end, 1 foot deep. Steve was filmed with a mobile phone in one hand talking to the insurance company and a broom in the other, trying to sweep the water away. They were able to rescue the computer and most of the books from the study but that left a lot of other things waterlogged and ruined. I’m sure that it is one of the worst things you can imagine happening to your house.

What didn’t make it onto the 6 oclock news was a conversation which Pearl had with the reporter behind the scenes. The reporter asked Pearl why she was still so calm and peaceful, despite all that had happened. She replied: because God is good.

How can she say that? Of course she feels the hardship of all that has happened, amongst other things, losing so many personal possessions and living away from home for at least a couple of months. But Pearl, as a Christian, knows the inner reality of the words of this hymn:

When peace, like a river, attends all my way,
When sorrows like sea-billows roll,
Whatever my path, you have taught me to say
“It is well, it is well with my soul” (1)

This was written by a man after he found that all his children had been drowned at sea in a journey home and also that his business had gone bankrupt. A Christian has that inner stability that whatever outward circumstances they find themselves in, there is a hope and confidence in their heart because Christ dwells in them and “nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2)

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References:

(1) Praise Hymns, 804, “When peace like a river” Horatio G Spafford 1828-1888.

(2) The Bible, New International Version (NIV), New Testament, Romans Chapter 8 verse 39.

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