You may have hear from the news that the Midwest has had a bad time of it with all of the rain, snow, ice dams, dam faults and levee breaks. Massive flooding, people losing all their possessions, losing their homes, jobs, etc. It is devastating and heart breaking.
The devastation was far and wide throughout the state. Some questioned their faith, others became more resolved than ever. Sadly, the beauty of such heart wrenching problems is the still small voice within the hearts, minds and souls of those who were blessed to have not taken part in such devastation and destruction. The human spirit, the giving souls of those throughout the state gave of their means and their time to assist those who were downtrodden.
We all have something to give to those around us who have lost everything. A kind word, a hug, a shoulder, some brute force to aid in the clean-up, etc. We all have a talent to lend to those who need a hand up, so-to-say!
Our church, Calvary Christian Church (Lead Pastor Scott Beckenhauer) partnered up with One Life Church (Lead Pastor John Hazlip.) After talking with John, I found out he used to attend Calvary Christian and his church was planted by Calvary. But Calvary has a tendency to make alliances with other churches in the area in order to accomplish great things for God’s Word. The motto at Calvary Christian is “To Live & Love Like Jesus.” But, enough about the churches.
Everyone in the midst of devastation desires to help. Some can, some cannot, some do, some do not…it is that simple. Everyone’s circumstances are different with respect to their ability to help others, as well as, their reasons for doing so or not. After the destruction and devastation, those who are able to help get dressed up into tyvec suits with muck boots and slowly begin to muck out the basements of the home(s) we are assigned to, ever-so slowly removing the debris and devastated lives of those who have lost everything from their past lives. You just never realize how much stuff you have accumulated until one of two things occurs:
- You are ready to move elsewhere, or
- Total devastation, where all you have and all your memories are now turned to refuse.
Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you. ~Proverbs 3:28 NKJV
Those who volunteer to help, do so out of the goodness of their hearts, a drive knowing this is what God desires of us and what Jesus would do, Himself. The muck, grime and sludge…WOW!
We are reminded in the Old Testament:
For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’~Deuteronomy 15:11 NKJV
We are also reminded in the New Testament:
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.~Galatians 6:2 NKJV
As you can see, the devastation is real and widespread:
While I am no great man, because we are all sinful, in our nature; I also know that I have something to offer to help those around me. I physically felt as though I had put in a full day’s work while helping and yet I was only there for a few hours, about 9am-2pm. There were those who stayed much longer than I and there were those who were on-site before I ever arrived. I am humbled and blessed at the same time. Today I was in pain. But tomorrow is another day…and at it again I will be. God is good! In my youth I would be able to do more and last so much longer, but it seems as though those days are long gone bye! While this weekend, March 30th and April 1st, 2019, is almost like a Hell Week in a college fraternity or at boot camp in the military…I am limited in my time to aid. But I am grateful for the opportunity, but sorry for the circumstances!
If you are able to help those who need it, I would urge you to do so, either physically or monetarily.
Nebraska Strong is not just a mantra or a motto, but it is a strong knit community mind-set. We all have our problems and our baggage that we carry with us everywhere we go, daily. But when the chips are down, the devastation is rising, and the destruction clouds have settled for a bit…there are no better neighbors I would rather have. I was born and raised in New Jersey and I cannot say we have ever had such devastation while I was growing up. But since I landed here in Nebraska in 1981 there have been much devastation that has occurred.
- 1988 Tornado which devastated Omaha/Council Bluffs area
- 1997 Ice Storm which cut power to nearly 300,000 homes and businesses in Nebraska and Iowa
- 2009 Tornado which essentially wiped Humbolt NE off the map
- 2017 F-5 Tornado which destroyed many homes throughout the Omaha/Bellevue/Offutt AFB NE areas
- 2019 Flood which flooded many homes throughout the Iowa and Nebraska areas
We all have our problems, but we can all choose to set those problems off to the side for a short time to help those of our neighbors who have greater problems than we do.
Remember: Things can always be worse for us. We can make life a little easier for someone else who has lost all they had. Ponder and reflect on that for a moment or two!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!