“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)
Mounds of snow have covered everything since December. It has been a beautiful winter! I had prayed for snow, lots of it, relishing the break of snow days. However that beautiful snow has a downside. It melts. With a banner year of record breaking snow accumulation, it makes sense we’d have a banner year of flooding. I just hadn’t thought it would affect us.
Trials are hateful, but it’s in the living through our trials and troubles that we best learn to trust our Lord. Easy words to say, but we were put to the test a couple of days ago when we woke up to a basement full of water. Having a flooded basement was a bit of a shock since we’d never had a problem.
The check valve on our well had been giving us some trouble, so we assumed that was the cause. We called our plumber and figured he’d take care of the problem. It was only 2-3 inches and nothing critical was getting wet so we weren’t too worried. Our plumber was the best, even starting up a faster sump pump to drain out the water. I was pleased life would soon be back to normal with minimal hassle.
Unfortunately the plumber couldn’t take care of the root cause of the water. After several hours pumping out the water, little progress had been made. Later when the plumber checked in to retrieve his sump pump, he was not surprised to see inches of water. Turns out he had suspected our problem was ground water coming up through the floor. We had been so sure it couldn’t be ground water, but there is always a first time, given the right conditions.
The pumps continued running until the water was almost gone. It seemed our problem was licked. We relaxed and went about our day, oblivious to the seriousness of our problem. A few hours later, the water was back, coming in even faster. Worried, we began to empty our basement of years of accumulation. It should have been sorted long before now, but I am a natural pack rat.
By the time we realized we had a serious problem it was dark and the stores were closing. We made it in time to buy a sump pump, but it wouldn’t stay on. Our hose didn’t work and we couldn’t go buy another one.
Now what? You know there’s nothing worse than that helpless feeling when you can’t find a solution to a worsening problem. At the end of our resources, we prayed earnestly for help. Our Lord sent a good friend to come to our rescue. He had the resources we needed. Soon the pump was working efficiently, removing the gallons of water, inch by inch. Tired, relieved and grateful, we thanked our Lord for His provisions in our time of need.
Lessons Learned… “Be not wise in thine own eyes…” Proverbs 3:7
#1: I must be careful what I pray for, because my Lord hears and answers.
#2: Isn’t it interesting how we expect our lives to be hassle free? Humbled, I realize I take for granted the ease of our lives.
#3: Confidence in our own wisdom can get us into big trouble.
#4: Small things can make a big difference, like the size of the hose. I am reminded that many people in our world can’t go to the store and buy the solution to their problem.
#5: How stressed we were about our small flood, when others were losing their homes. After watching the news reports and videos of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, our troubles seem very small and trite.
“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” Proverbs 3:27
God uses trials and troubles to test us, and to challenge us to greater dependence on Him. If we can’t trust Him in these life situations, how can we possibly trust Him with the really big things?
Let’s put our daily lives into the proper perspective. Trials humble us and cause us to see ourselves the way God sees us. Trials reveal the heart, for when life gets tough we discover whether we will continue with God or leave Him because we are hurt or angry.
If we will seek our Lord before the trials come, we will be less likely to forsake Him. He will gladly give us help in time of need if we pray.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.” Isaiah 2:11
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