Lessons from the Flood(s)

Last week at church was one to remember. Somehow the hatch that accesses the roof came open in the blizzard. A large amount of snow blew in and collapsed the ceiling, which in turn broke the head on the sprinkler and flooded our worship center. The next day, a pipe burst in the nursery which flooded several rooms in the children’s wing and a few offices (including mine). Needless to say, the flood events made life very hectic. Lots of conversations with insurance agents, cleaning companies, carpet guys, roof guys, plumbers, etc. We had to rip the carpet out of the worship center. It was disheartening to see such a new building damaged so badly.

Things have been going really well at church, and many people feared these events would set us back. However, God has blessed us in so many ways through this crisis and has reminded us of some very important lessons.

First, God has used this to bring people together. In the days after the floods, I lost count of the people who came to the church to help. We posted on Facebook that help was needed and in minutes people started showing up- despite the snow and ice outside. We had church members cleaning, moving stuff, etc. who had never met each other. Each time we gathered at the church to work, the fellowship was incredibly great. The floods also allowed us to worship together at Raley Chapel on the campus of OBU. That is a rare treat we enjoy so much.

Second, God used the crisis to reveal the fruit of His redemption in the lives of people. Our church had many selfless, generous offers of help. The offers came from believers within and outside of our church. The number of messages I received of encouragement and people asking how they could help was staggering. The floods gave an opportunity to see the transformation God has made in the lives of people.

Third, the floods were a reminder that the church is not a building. The church is people. Our building was knocked out of commission by the floods, but not our church! We still worshipped together the Sunday after the floods. In the midst of it all, we served together and encouraged each other. The church is clearly not a building!

Fourth, the floods reminded us of God’s great provision. He has taken care of everything in terms of the finances with the damage and the huge amount of logistics involved. There are many people our church needs to thank in all of this, but most of all we need to thank the Lord.

I pray that when you experience “floods” in your own life, you can see the opportunities for growth and trust in God. When others around you are experiencing “floods,” be a source of help and encouragement in their lives. Floods can be damaging, distracting, even maddening. But they can also be great opportunities to remember the wonderful God we serve!

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One Response to “Lessons from the Flood(s)”

  1. Thanks Brother Todd. Your faith and the faith of others speaks volumes about trusting in God. Remember what I told you, “Sometimes the trail is narrow and difficult: sometimes it’s wide but we generally remember the narrow one and learn from it.” The church is alive and well in the hearts of its’ members.