This has been a really long week.
My brother called the other night to say his kids were with their mom in their house and it was filling with water, chest high water.
I won’t get into all the details, because really, it’s not my story to tell, but I spent the night praying for their safety, all of them.
My brother tried swimming into the subdivision, but the current was too strong. Then he remembered a friend who had a little boat. He said that even with three men, it was difficult to paddle against the current rushing at 30-40 miles per hour.
He got to the house and it was filled with five feet of water. You can imagine his terror.
He found neighbors with their infant and toddler hiding on top of the top kitchen cabinets.
They are all safe. They all got out with their lives, but that is it. When you have five feet of water in your single story house, everything is gone. The furniture was floating.
Life can change in an instant.
Suddenly every priority is in order.
The bottom line is the people.
Houses get built and are torn down. Jobs are here today and gone tomorrow. Money is earned and spent. Our things turn to a pile of dust.
It’s the people who are important.
Sometimes it takes a crisis to put life into perspective.
I don’t say that lightly. Losing everything is something no person should have to live through, but I am thankful for the lives saved, for the people who put their lives on the line to save another.
It seems like there is crisis after crisis in our world and there are always the people who work tirelessly for the life of another.
I am reminded that love is an action word.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 5:13
And, then I wonder what I’m doing to lay down my own life for those around me. Am I giving with abandon from a heart filled to overflowing with thanks?
I’m not, not like I should be.
If you think of it, pray for the flood victims of the Pensacola, Florida area, and the tornado victims. Starting over is never easy.
Then hold your little ones tight, because it’s them who really matter. Everything we work so hard for can be gone in an instant.
Now, remember, this Friday Chats thing is a two-way street. Be sure to catch me up on your lives in the comments. I very much enjoyed connecting with so many of you last Friday.
Thank you for taking the time to share a piece of your day with me.
Happy Friday friends. Enjoy the weekend.