…And The Floods Came Up!
Remember the Sunday School song? …the hand motions? …the out-of-tune upright piano in the corner (that someone who hated natural wood painted pale green)? But still a great message: Build Your House on the Rock.
Well, that little chorus would describe things in here today pretty concisely. After an unusually dry couple of weeks (for July in the tropics), today the “rains came down.” Boy, did they come down. 2″ worth in about an hour and a half. It depends on where you’re from whether or not that sounds impressive, I know. But for those of us who grew up in San Diego, it’s HUGE. The annual rainfall there is around 8″. But of course, in San Diego it takes a year (8,760 hours) to accomplish what occurred here in 90 minutes.
San Diego…. that verse about the “rain falling on the just and the unjust” never meant much when we lived in a town where 2/10 of an inch is big news. Most boring job in the world: San Diego weatherman. Hmmm… gonna call it “partly cloudy” today? …or “partly sunny”? Decisions, decisions!
And we’re “tropical veterans,” now. That amount of rain ain’t nuthin’, man. At least not compared to what it can do in here sometimes. But we’re happy about it. Temperatures PLUMMETED into the upper 70’s! Believe it or not, but it’s actually easier to concentrate and translate the Bible when it’s under 90. It’s really true!
Of course, when it rains like that here, the river rises. Quickly. A good rule of thumb in here is: If it starts to rain, ask yourself “Am I on the side of the river where I want to spend the night?” If not, do something about it… like cross the river before it’s too late. We’ve seen the river rise about 6′ in a couple hours. And then keep rising… all night, sometimes. So yeah, it’s something to take seriously.
Today it wasn’t quite that bad, although the river rose just enough to make our partners call for a literal “rain check” on lunch here at our place today. (Second rule of thumbs involves something about it not being the best idea to carry two toddlers across a flooded river… even a semi-flooded river!)
That Sunday School song was right. Like the Lord said, we need to build our “house,” our very lives, on the “Rock.” The Rock is the Lord Jesus himself. The Rock is the truth, just as He told us that He is the truth. The Rock is stable. The house on the Rock unaffected by floods… although it gets pretty dark (and wet) there for a while. But the house on the sand… gets washed away. Sadly, some learn of the Rock and still choose to build on the sand.
Oh yes, those floods of life will come. And of course that’s why it’s best to build on the Rock before the flood. Simply climbing up on a rock once the river is rising won’t quite do.
And that’s why we’re here…. to tell the Palawanos about this Rock. To translate his Word into their language so that day by day they have a bit more of that truth upon which to build their lives.
So it was a good reminder today from the weather. The rains come down, and the floods come up.