through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Two numbers show Harvey’s devastation and people’s desperation—20 trillion and 30,000.
Harvey’s rains dumped 20 trillion gallons of water on Houston, enough to furnish New York City with water for five years.1 NBC estimated that 30,000 people will be homeless,2 but now it sounds like more will be.
Here’s another number—1,000. Nick Sheridan and two other truck drivers put themselves in harm’s way to rescue over 1,000 people, using their big rigs as rescue “boats.” They voluntarily drove to Houston, helped each other navigate flooded streets and hidden gullies, and sought out victims of the flood waters.
Another number—one. A 73-year-old woman was thought to be safe, but the “Cajun Navy” found her face down in the water. As survivors of their own hurricane a decade ago—Hurricane Katrina—these volunteers had brought boats to Houston to rescue stranded people. When they spotted Wilma Ellis in the flooded streets, they first thought she was debris. But then they jumped into the water, resuscitated her, and took her to safety.3 Saving one life or a thousand is heroic.
Although Hurricane Harvey has driven thousands of people from their homes, selfless love and courage have driven others to go help those in need. Now more rescue crews are waiting to see if their assistance is needed more in Texas or Florida, as Hurricane Irma makes it away across the Atlantic.
When we go through a trial, a determination to survive builds within us, and we learn how to overcome challenges and trust God more. The lessons we learn and the comfort we receive prepare each of us to be a “freelance rescuer.” That’s what Nick Sheridan, the truck driver, called himself. Yet as believers in Christ, we rescue according to His directive. He knows who needs help and how and when. As we stay close to Him and keep walking through life with Him, He will lead us to people who may appear “safe,” but are in desperate need of rescue.
In our everyday lives, how can we show selfless love to those around us? How can we courageously help them face their own trials? We don’t need a hurricane to remember that countless people are searching for hope, love, and peace.
“By this all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35 NKJV
This week, let’s pray, give, and go as God directs us. To anyone and everyone He leads us to. Will you join me in praying for the families affected by Hurricane Harvey and those bearing the brunt of Hurricane Irma? When our love is showing, people will understand God’s love more and see His goodness at work.
This post ends our Delighting in God’s Goodness series. If you know of a story of God’s goodness at work even in the midst of trials, please share it in the comments below. And please also share any prayer requests related to the hurricanes.
1 BY THE NUMBERS: Hurricane Harvey hits 6 million Texans with 30+ inches of rain, abc7.com, accessed September 5, 2017, http://abc7.com/weather/hurricane-harvey-by-the-numbers/2358938.
2 Local Heroes Rise Up in Wake of Harvey, nbcnews.com, accessed September 2, 2017, https://www.nbcnews.com/video/local-heroes-rise-up-in-wake-of-harvey-1035137091590.
3 Monte Plott, Cajun Navy brings boats from Louisiana to help flood-ravaged Houston, cnn.com, accessed September 2, 2017, http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/29/us/harvey-cajun-navy/index.html.
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