Last week in this country, we observed several areas experiencing heavy rainfall as predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department. This led to flooding that destroyed property and loss of lives.
My sincere condolences goes to the family of the bereaved during this time and I pray for grace and restoration for those that lost their property.
Even as the heavy rains fall on our land, I think of the times our lives have felt flooded by life experiences. Just like the water filling those houses, you feel suffocated by the experiences in your life.
Just like the vehicles getting crushed by the weakened trees, you also feel the burden of the previously strong anchors in your life that are now weighing you down. Just like the property in the homes getting carried away, you also feel helplessly swayed by every painful occurrence in your life.
Rains are normally welcomed by those practising farming as they are glad that their efforts in planting will bear much fruit during harvest. Without the water, most farmers incur great losses and that is when we hear of increased food importation in the country.
However, when this same eagerly awaited season arrives and the water is too much, then such losses are experienced as a country…yeah a double edge sword indeed!
When the trials in our lives are too much for us to bear, we tend to hear of suicidal incidents, family members killing one another, adultery, too much debt financing, some resorting to sorcery and witchcraft, some to drug abuse, all in an effort to find solutions to their flooded lives.
Is there a way as a country we could have avoided the losses? If yes, why haven’t we? Are there other countries in the world we can emulate in such related disaster management?
Before we can point our fingers to the Government, what about our own personal lives? For the current “flood” in your life, was there a small chance the damage could have been avoided? Is there a possibility that you could have made that decision differently?
Back to our country, now that lives and property were destroyed, how can we improve our infrastructure to be better prepared for such a calamity? Some depend on us as citizens during our property investment decisions with regards to location.
In the same way in our personal lives, we may need to learn from other people’s experiences and how else if we do not seek help? Aren’t there people you know or heard of that have gone through the same or can offer advise on your issue? If not, may God guide us to people that can hold our hands through this journey of life.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Did you notice that even as the houses were filled up with water, the water actually found a way out? The water cannot last forever in that house no matter how high of a level it may have reached. If it found a way in, then there is a way out!! I love this! Am actually preaching to myself. If no one gets this, at least I have 😊
I feel it is time that I express my deep gratitude to those that stood by me when my own heart felt flooded. To those who moved closer to ensure that I did not drown or get carried away, despite not having the full details at times.
I needed to come to a place where I would not allow pride to prevent me from seeking help. I needed to find people that I could open up to and would not laugh at me, judge me or run away but rather hold my hand.
I deeply bless God for I found such people! I must confess I was in a really dark place! Did I just say “I was”? Didn’t think I could ever say that. I do not know about you, but during my flooded season, it didn’t seem the water would ever clear away.
“How many have you heard of that die because of troubles/worries unless they were killed or killed themselves?” is the voice I hear right now of what my mother once asked me. “For how long have I heard of people complaining of troubles yet they have grown to old age?”, I later thought to myself.
Recently, I shared with her how it felt like am now out of a bottle and my eyes see much further than they used to.
I am moved to recall this common quote used in times of adversity, What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. This quote was originally used by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Twilight of the Idols (1888). And for the history lovers, you will note it was quoted as a motto by the Nazis in the Hitler youth training centers in the 1920s.
With that in mind,I write this post as an encouragement to those troubled by the worries of this world, no matter how big or small they may seem.
I am writing to remind all of us of 1Corinthians 10:13 stated above. As you read this verse, may it be the last of my words and the beginning of God’s comfort and guidance to you. I hand over to you Lord from here!