Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late . . .(Psalm 127:1-2)
Two days after hurricane Irene visited our home (and four days after a earthquake shook the area for a few minutes), I sit here ready to go off to begin new school year as if all is well!
Spiritually speaking, all IS well indeed. Though I stayed up all night Saturday through Sunday at sunrise to ride out the hurricane making sure our basement did not flood (using a small power inverter and our truck battery connected to our pump) I realize it was God who watched over us. As the trees bent with the force winds, as the rain beat down on our home, even as the earth trembled and our home shook during the quake, it was God protecting . . . God holding back the waters from our basement . . . God keeping the trees from breaking and damaging our home!
As we looked around the neighborhood following the hurricane, we saw chunks of trees littering the street directly in front of our home. Behind our home a tree snapped and took down power lines (which is why we are still without electricity!). Our next door neighbor’s basement flooded. Then, as we began clean-up Sunday, my father-in-law told us to come and get his generator so we could have minimum power in our home! We were then able to assist our neighbors in drying out basements and keeping food fresh by sharing extension cords to and from our power supply. Blessed to be a blessing indeed!
God indeed watches over the home, the family and the individuals who trust in Him! He honors the efforts we make to keep things safe and secure, but ultimately it is God! Whether it is a vicious storm, powerful waves, whipping winds, or a thunderous quake, He has ALL power in His hand . . . even the power of a gentle and secure hand of protection!