Calling for a Flood

“They remained his chosen people, clogged hearts and all, and he remained their Lord—not only the Lord of the sea but also the Lord of the land and of the whole creation—who kept climbing into their boats to be with them over and over again from that day forth forevermore, with heart enough to spare, oh, with heart enough for us all…”
                                                                           -Barbara Brown Taylor

I don’t know why He chose to shield us. We certainly aren’t more worthy or deserving of favor than anyone else, as a matter of fact, lately we probably have deserved a little trouble. And we received just a little.

Thursday afternoon the kids and I were in a car accident. A bad car accident. A woman on her phone didn’t see that traffic had stopped and she hit us going full speed. It should have been catastrophic. The police officer said if I hadn’t thought to turn the wheel to the left and let off the break AC would certainly be dead and G and I would have suffered massive if not life-threatening injuries.

I didn’t think to turn the wheel nor did I think to let off the break. Yet we ended up 100 feet down the road after entering a lane of oncoming traffic at rush hour and we never came close to hitting a car. And we were delivered to the shoulder of the road. And no one was hurt, not a scratch, not even a tear. As a matter of fact, G was in the middle of a texting conversation and his thumbs never stopped going all through the accident and after. The police officer had to ask him to get out of the car. He was completely unmoved- and he’s the high- strung child.

That was Thursday.

Saturday the bottom fell out in Nashville. 21 inches of rain in less than 48 hours. The floods have been devastating. Houses literally came off their foundations and ended up in other people’s front yards. Couples on their way to church were swept away and killed. Houses exploded and burned to the ground. Thousands of people have lost everything.

Everything.

Yet, they smile. And they talk about being thankful for being alive and for the service and love of their neighbors and friends.

We have a creek in our back yard. Saturday morning it was out of its bank. By Saturday afternoon is was just 8-10 feet from our back door. And the rain was still coming and it was supposed to keep coming for another 24+ hours.

We were going to lose everything. We don’t have flood insurance. We don’t have an extra dollar to spend on flood damage. We are teachers with 3 kids in a recession.

We are genuinely amazed each month that we’ve made it AGAIN.

We have to buy a car- we’re waiting for God to answer that one, and He will when it’s time.

I’m having to learn a faith lesson.

AGAIN.

I’m stubborn that way.

But He moved the flood away from us. I literally exhausted myself on Saturday with panic and fear. I couldn’t stay awake Sunday to save my life, and if you had told me the water was up to my neck I would have asked you to just get me some floaties thank you very much.

And while I slept and denied the existence of the rain, the rain stopped. Only if you looked on the radar we were getting rain. Everyone around us was getting pounded with rain, but we had nary a drop until late Sunday afternoon when the creek had gone back into its bank again. We didn’t lose a thing.

Well, we lost cable for a couple of hours.

That was it. That was our flood. A few missed episodes of Man vs. Wild.

Then I thought about this song by John Waller that I love to sing. It goes like this:

Flood every corner of this room
Flood all my emptiness with You
Lord, I long to be consumed
And I’m calling for a flood


So flood every chamber of my heart
Flood what I lack with all You are
I am dry and I am parched
And calling for a flood


I am calling for a flood
Holy Spirit flow
Completely immerse me in You
I’m longing for a flood
Of holiness to wash me now
Hear me, Lord; I’m calling for a flood


Now flood every portal of my mind
And flood everything I’ve tried to hide
I am looking to the sky
And I’m calling for a flood


Submerge me, Lord, in holy water
Drown me to live in You


Flood every corner of this room
And fill all the emptiness with You
Lord, we long to be consumed
And we’re calling for a flood


We are calling for a flood
Holy Spirit flow
Completely immerse us in You
We’re longing for a flood
Of holiness to wash us now
Hear us, Lord; we’re calling for a flood

And so it goes…

I needed a soul flood.  I was parched.

So maybe He answered me by letting a literal flood miss me by just a few feet.  Maybe he answered me by letting me and my children escape what should have been a life-altering accident.

Or maybe He just climbed into my boat with me with heart enough to spare.  He’s always got heart enough to spare.

“You hem me in– behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”  Psalm 139:5

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:12-13

See y’all!

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9 Comments on Calling for a Flood

  1. HoodMama
    May 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Amazing. What a beautiful post. I’m so thankful you’re safe. So thankful for His protection on your lives. And thankful for your words that are such a salve to my heart here in Texas – where it’s not even raining.

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  2. JMom
    May 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm (8 years ago)

    Traci- Somehow I missed that you lived in Franklin until tonight’s comment. Thanks for reminding me.

    This is a BEAUTIFUL post. I am so thankful you are safe. He is GOOD isn’t He?

    Rejoicing with you that you were spared.

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  3. Heather @ Multiple Hats
    May 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm (8 years ago)

    This is a fabulous post. Just what I needed today. I’m calling for a flood – just didn’t know that’s what I was doing! Thanks . . .

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  4. These Three Kings
    May 5, 2010 at 10:47 am (8 years ago)

    What testimony of Gods Grace! I needed to hear this today! Thankful that He has a plan for all of our lives! He is Sovereighn and soooo good!
    Nicole

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  5. Lisa Satchell
    May 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Beautifully said, Traci. When I read about your car accident, I thought of Amy Grant’s song ‘Angels watching Over Me’. Sooo glad you are all safe. His Mercies are New every Morning !! Blessings, Lisa

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  6. emily
    May 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm (8 years ago)

    Really incredible. So thankful for His sweet protection over your family! He is good like that.

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  7. Brittany Ann
    May 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm (8 years ago)

    What an amazing testimony! I’m praising God you are safe right now, too!

    Reply
  8. Missy @ It's Almost Naptime
    May 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Loved this.

    A little speechless and can’t find anything deeper to say except, loved this.

    Reply

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