What turned from laughs about the hurricane's name, and a lot of lightheartedness changed last night as the photos and videos of Houston’s flooding began to spread.
Today I spent the entire day out in the rain helping victims of the floods and moving supplies as the gravity of this disaster began to set in.
I have received quite a few texts and calls asking if I am ok and what can I do to help. I appreciate all of them, it means a lot, it really does.
I have seen the photos on Instagram and the videos from people all over the country saying “we are praying for you, and pray for Houston.”
My ask is you actually pray. It's easy to use language like "I am praying for you" interchangeably with things like "you are in my thoughts." But what we actually need is prayers.
If we believe Jesus is actually Lord of everything. Like Colossians 1 says “He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together.” (1v 15-23) Then we should believe He also has control over the rain, the storms, and the flood. We need to be petitioning to God asking that in his infinite wisdom and strength that he makes the floods cease. That he brings order to this very real chaos.
I know a lot say they are praying, but my ask is that you actually do. I know some (because I am one of them) are looking at the weather radar are thinking “ok, but it’s not going to stop” My request for you is for a few moments stop what you are doing, drop to your knees and bring the city of Houston to the God of all of this. Rain included.
Yes, we need physical supplies and will need it for the weeks to come. But we need something supernatural to happen. In the midst of crazy, we need a miracle. And miracles happen when we ask for them.
So please actually pray. Say to God “I know this looks crazy, but I believe you are Lord of all of this. I know you see every home being flooded. I know you see every tear from every face that this storm has caused. Please bring a miracle and help the people of Houston. Let the waters supernaturally subside, let people call out praise because you listened.”
There are thousands of homes flooded, and people stranded. And it breaks my heart. I got to speak to a few victims today. For some these waters are taking everything. I have been fortunate enough to have a dry house and hot water, that much cannot be said for a lot. Including family members and friends of mine and people from our community.
In the midst of the crazy, there was some hope. It was amazing to see the people of my church Faithbridge, band together and transport and house people and supplies.
I know all over the city some of the first responders to the call of help have been the people of God. You could see Jesus today, as you saw His hands and feet carrying supplies, boating to rescue people trapped, and caring for those in need.
My ask is that you actually pray.
Please be praying for Faithbridge, it is currently being used as a refuge center for police to help my area in specific.
Please be praying for all of the police men and women and fire departments who have been working round the clock to bring order.
Please be praying that this natural disaster ends quickly.
The hardest reality:
My hope and prayers are for miracles, all throughout the city. But even if God doesn’t make the water stop, He is still good. Like in Daniel 3 when the three brothers being thrown into the fiery furnace. They believed God could and would save them. They asked God to. But they said “even if not, He is still good”
I long for the day that floods do not rage the streets. I can’t wait for a time where the physical world doesn't fight and struggle. This life is just a prelude to the perfect world that will come one day.
God’s ways are unique and unpredictable. I choose to trust in the God that created the winds and rains even when I don’t understand why He allows chaos to happen.
Hold on to hope. Pray for change. And stand on the firm foundation that He is still good.
So we pray. We actually pray. We wait with expectant anticipation that He is going to do a miracle in this flood. But we know also, even if he doesn't he is still good.
“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold,I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.” (Psalm 69:1-3)
“He will remain faithful for He can not deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
If you have friends and family in the Houston area, let them know that you are actually praying for them. Send them a text or call and tell them. There are many ways to help physically as well. Donations are what are most needed. The red cross and many other organizations can be found by just googling "hurricane relief".