All of the water we’ve seen recently reminded me of an occasion when I was in my teens. We lived across War Eagle Creek and, at that time, there was no bridge – we drove across the river bed when the water was low enough.
My Dad and I had gone to town one morning. To the best of my memory, it was a nice day. Someone in town mentioned the river was flooding at a location south of where we lived. We listened with skepticism – we had seen no rain.
We headed back home and when we turned off the highway on the dirt road home, we could see the river – running swiftly out of the banks – all without a drop of rain where we were, but apparently a lot of rain at the head of the river.
We turned around, drove back to the country store/post office and waited a few hours. When we went back again, the water had gone down enough that we could cross.
As I was typing this, I realized life is a lot like this. Many times our lives are flooded by happenings which are not our fault, which make no sense to us and which we have no control over.
What do we do then? Do we try to change things we can’t control? Do we flail helplessly against our circumstances? Or when we’ve done all we can, do we go sit on the bench outside the store and patiently wait for change?
In Ephesians 6:13 [International Standard Version], it says: For this reason, take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes. And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.