Welcome to the Lake House Creek. I feel compelled to share with each one of you the creek that runs down the north side of my yard at the Lake House. In the still of the morning, the brook babbles and the birds sing. How peaceful is this place God has brought us to.
Yet, I’m technically challenged today as I type at my sister’s computer trying to figure out how to upload a short one minute video to share. We are so far off the grid, this is now a challenge! Who knew God had this in His plans for me – I sure didn’t.
The lake is full to overflowing today – yet not like it was a month ago when 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. It was a 1,000 year rain. Yes, a 1,000 year flood. Can you imagine?!
The boat house had 3.5 feet of water up the walls – and many homes had 3.5 feet of water in them. Thank God the house we bought was and is high and dry!
The houses next to us were remained dry, yet 3 at the end of the road are in the process of being completely gutted, including drywall and insulation. Everything has to be removed – all the way down to the studs to prevent mold from getting a foothold.
When you walk in the front door, you see all the way through to the back like a new house under construction. 14 dumpsters have been set up for folks to have a place to discard debris caused by the flood. And they have been emptied daily to make room for more debris.
Makes me wonder how the meteorologists classify the flood. The Flood of the Bible. Yea, the one Noah built the ark for. 3.5 feet of water here caused disaster yet the earth was covered over the top of Mount Ararat. And all perished. Except Noah and his family and the animals, two by two.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:11-12
And we had 24 inches is 24 hours and devastation ensued. Can you even see in your minds eye the springs of the great deep bursting forth AND the floodgates of heaven opening – wide open?
17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:17-24
Yes, it rained 40 days and waters covered the mountains by 23 feet. Not just 3.5 feet high. Over the top. Way over the top – 23 feet over the tops of all the mountains to be exact. And stayed for 150 days! And I get cabin fever in 2-3 days. You too?
And everything that had the breath of life in it died. Everything. Was. Wiped. Out. Everything. But God remembered Noah and set forth a covenant with a reminder to Himself.
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Genesis 9:12-15
I thank God He remembers His covenant every time He paints a rainbow in the sky. Peace prevails at the Lake House today – thank You, God. Even when we are so far off the grid, technical challenges ensue, God is good and He has a plan. Glory!
11 thoughts on “The Flood – Linkup”
I’ve been watching the news…crazy!! Thanking God for rainbows and praying provision and patience for all of you affected by the rain. The comparative visual of Noah’s flood in my mind is astonishing!
When we took our students to the Grand Canyon last year for outdoor school, we attended a few ranger-led programs–where, of course, at least one ranger explained how the Grand Canyon took millions of years to form. Our students (Native Americans, some of them Christian, some not), listened politely, but when we got back to camp the Supai students (their tribe actually lives IN the Grand Canyon) let the others know that in their tradition, the Canyon formed in days, not millions of years, as the result of a big flood. I found it fascinating and encouraging that that bits of truth remain despite the ‘civilizaiton’ of the world ;).
Incredible to think of what it must have been like. I love the promise of the rainbow. And this spoke to me the most: “God is good and He has a plan.” Always…even when we struggle to see it. Thanks for this powerful reminder.
The flood story always astounds me… my finite mind can’t conceive the magnitude of chaos and destruction. And Noah, His world changed so drastically…the faith he had to believe he heard God and to lead his family. I want that kind of faith. The kind that builds boats on dry land and weathers storms in the midst of the typhoon whirlwinds and then emerges from the cocoon with the purpose to glorify God because of the freedom to do so.
Loving hearing all about the lake house. Hope I get to visit it one day. Hang in there. God is using you BIG during all of this.
Goodness, glad y’all are okay. Prayers for those who have to rebuild. Lovely perspective, Susan. Thank you for sharing. ((xoxo))
<3 this, Susan! Beautiful reminder of God's unending promise in our lives! xo, liz
Once again, Susan, I’m encouraged by your positive approach to the latest challenge. Praying rainbows for you today!
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