Recently, a severe summer storm dropped five inches of rain in a short time on a small town not far from where we live in Kentucky. The mountain folks where I grew up would call that kind of downpour a ‘toad strangler’ – meaning even a frog would have a hard time surviving such a torrent. Needless to say, houses, personal property, and businesses in low lying areas were flooded. The newspaper headlines read, “Heavy rains that led to flash flooding overnight has left one person dead and a county devastated”.
Because of the hilly terrain in the area, building sites are at a premium. By necessity, many buildings were located on a flood plain. The choice to utilize low lying areas can come at a high price because of possible flooding. Two thoughts come to mind concerning storms and floods in our personal lives.
- First, we all have choices in life. If we choose to follow the teachings of Jesus and build on higher ground, we can stand when the storms of adversity come. Not so with people who choose to ignore the Lord. “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:26-27, NKJV).
- Second, floods will come into our lives. God’s word doesn’t say if floods come, but when they come. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you…” (Isaiah 43:2, NKJV). If we walk with the Lord, the storms will not overwhelm us.
We need to be prepared for life’s storms in the physical realm. We need to make wise decisions and follow sound principles for health and well-being. There are things and situations in our daily lives that may be physically damaging. We need to avoid such things. Many of life’s crises can be avoided if we walk with the Lord.
Spiritual preparation for turbulent times is even more important. When we abide in the Holy Spirit and follow scriptural teachings, we can keep our souls safe and not be afraid of storms. God’s word says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NKJV).
With Jesus you can survive the storms – even ‘toad stranglers’!
~ Brother Roy