I've never really understood how a flood works. How can all that water just appear so quickly? How can you not realize what is happening and get out before it is too late? Houses and things will get destroyed, okay, but people downing? How does that happen?
Friday night seemed to be a normal night here. I listened to a sermon with my housemates, we watched a movie through headphones because the rain was too loud to hear the TV, and then I went to bed. It rains often in the night, I didn't think anything of it. Until the next morning when I got on Facebook and saw pictures of a restaurant we eat at occasionally on Sundays filled with water up to table height. And a school bus parked outside one of the bus stations underwater up to its windows. In the night, while I slept peacefully to the sound of rain, it flooded in Siguatepeque. People were forced out of their homes in the middle of the night. A family of seven that one of the missionaries here knows, drown. A video was posted of water rushing into the restaurant that was flooded, and it is crazy to see how fast the water rises, and how fast it moves.
And this morning, a realization came to me. This is exactly how sin works in our lives. It starts as a little "rain" that may seem harmless, and suddenly you find yourself drowning in the midst of a flood, wondering how you got there, how it got so bad so quick. I know I have had moments like that, and I've heard stories recently of other people who could probably relate, too. Luckily, God is a good weatherman, and "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13). If we are looking for that way out when the flood rains of sin are coming down, we can trust that God has provided it.
That's my random thought for the day. If you would like to help with the relief effort here, one of the missionaries has started a Go Fund Me page and is partnering with local churches to help out families who were affected by the flood. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/z86men6k
Thanks for all you do. Our city covets your prayers. As I write this, it has started raining again. Please pray for God to hold back the rain so we can recover from the flooding.