Watching all this happen on this anniversary brings back floods of memories. The uncertainty and the anxiety of not knowing where family members were felt almost unbearable.
The flood waters came and literally washed my entire house away. So, I left to never returned to what I had actually left behind, but...
I offer hope in Christ. I can't say why the flood waters came. I can't say why so many lost so much, but I know it did not catch God by surprise.
Here are just a few verses from Job 38 (vs. 4-7) - God speaking:
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone--
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
Since that day in 2005, my life has not been without troubles, but I have not been alone. God is bigger than the waters.
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
My prayer is that you don't give up on God, trust Him..
Although I left all behind, I have walked into much. God has been gracious. I am praying for you, not just for safety, but also for God to increase your faith.
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Just a few some practical things that were helpful for me:
--Identify a check-in hub (I identified a family member where all family member checked in with, So instead of trying to reach out to all, we could call one person to find out how others were)
--Don't focus on the loss, look toward the blessings, even in the midst
--help kids feel secure and safe, look for little things that can feel normal