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Floods In My Real Life

September 9, 2011

I am on vacation.

 Albeit not the most relaxing vacation of my life.  Earthquakes, Family issues, Hurricane Evacuations and Hurricanes in general…but at the end of the day I still watch the waves crash and dust the sand off my feet…so all is well….here in my on~vacation~life.

Back home …In  my real life…there is mass flooding.  Flooding that hasn’t been seen in 40 some years!

My farm was  nearly impossible to get to for nearly a day.  Thank God my sister’s awesome husband could get to my farm before things got really crazy.  Two by two he collected the dogs and locked them in a stall with fresh food and water.  He hayed the horses two by two and made sure they could get to a pasture.   Two by two all feather and fur will be fine.

Then the flood waters rose so high and so fast it killed the animals in the zoo… if only my brother in law was in charge of them!  No two by two for those animals.

In real life my real home is safe high up on a hill. ~

Not so for many of my neighbors.

Basements flooded everywhere.

Roads closed all over.

Homes lost for now.

There is something to be learned here by everyone…flooding or not… Take this time to evaluate your relationships…

Three years ago…I was shown how important “community” is in Real Life. Who will bring you soup? Who will help you with a project which must be done?

Who?

Those people…Those people in Real Life who show up to watch your kids when you have to fly cross country to be with your sister in the NICU….those people who come in sandals straight from the plane when you are standing in the waiting room in ICU…. those who will walk through water and tend your farm when it is impossible for you to be there…

those people in Real Life.

Those are your community.

Pour into those people….In Real Life.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2011 11:45 am

    Community in real life…yes!

    Wow, astonishing pictures…thank you for this eye opener.

    • September 9, 2011 12:00 pm

      Oh you are welcome.
      I can’t even imagine these things unless my sister would have texted the pics to me.
      T

  2. September 9, 2011 11:48 am

    Hi T,

    So funny that I was reading this post when I got notice that you had left a comment on mine! Thanks for stopping by and giving me a reality check! Your post triggers so many thoughts and helps me refocus on all that is beautiful in my own life right now. (In spite of the pain and disability of the last two years). I used to live in Vermont and grieve over what has happened to that beautiful place. I have a dear friend in Texas who has been evacuated all week with a fire just a block from her home. Yes, this is real life, and thank God for the real people who walk it out with us!

    Blessings to you T!

    Linda

    • September 9, 2011 12:01 pm

      Oh thank you very much.
      Hard to imagine Texas needing water when we have more then we can handle!
      T

  3. Brenda Chance permalink
    September 9, 2011 12:18 pm

    Beautiful. So very true that the hard things in real life are made bearable by real people. How easily we forget that we people need the “two by two” too. Thank you for the reminder! Heavy hearted for you and your home town…may you all continue to find much grace and love from one another and from the Lord.

    • September 9, 2011 1:36 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to say that.
      I have really seen this time and time again…especially in the last month.
      T

  4. September 9, 2011 12:22 pm

    Thank you for this most thought provoking post. Blessings certainly come in different forms don’t they? On a more personal note…I love a good cuppa tea.

  5. September 9, 2011 12:23 pm

    I totally agree. Community. Friends. Family. = the ones who DO and attempt and try, when everyone else sits and keeps a distance. I hope and pray that your life and those of your community gets back to bearable soon.

    Thanks for your comment on my post! It is always nice to meet someone new:)

  6. September 9, 2011 12:41 pm

    A couple of springs ago…the nashville area had those biblical proportions kind of flooding…such devastation…but out of it all…love…hope…kindness arouse and the news reported they had not seen anything like this neighbor helping neighbor….not waiting on government…on agencies…but one to another giving. I pray that for your community as well. Glad your home is on a hill…ours was too…very blessed.
    Blessings~

    • September 9, 2011 1:38 pm

      We have a place in TN also… it was safe then too!
      I remember the reports then too.
      T

  7. September 9, 2011 1:40 pm

    Amazing photos. Water has astonishing power, doesn’t it?
    Our community has also experienced extensive and extended flooding this summer. Many had to abandon their homes and farms back in May and the flood waters have still not recessed enough for many to get to their homes.
    I pray that all who are experiencing usual weather will find peace in Jesus.

  8. September 9, 2011 1:40 pm

    It’s quite a world to navigate, how beautiful that you have real life arms and legs serving and loving you! The picture of the street buckled and twisted amazed me, we are no match for nature and God’s awesome power! I’m glad you have a home that is safe and cared for. And I hope that your adventures continue to be shadowed by God’s gracious peace and care.

  9. September 9, 2011 1:53 pm

    so true! here in TX, we watch the rain in your part of the country with envy! (no not the flooding and damage, just the rain when it started) now you have the extreme of flooding and the resulting damage.
    we are suffering from the opposite extreme–drought, dying cattle, and now, fires. may God use these horrors to help us to realize how much we need each other and how unimportant things really are w/o the people.
    we pray that you life will get back to a new normal soon.

  10. September 9, 2011 2:25 pm

    Such an inspirational and thought provoking post….Community is home! Hey, I think you took longer than 5 minutes!

    Thanks for stopping by at Blessed beyond a doubt today!

  11. September 9, 2011 2:51 pm

    get under the covers! glad your refuge is ok. and don’t worry about a thing…we got you. and by we..I mean brandon…he likes animals.

  12. September 9, 2011 10:06 pm

    I love your last line…I’ve been trying to pour into the people in my real life. I’ve realized online can only go so far but it’s inspired me to take my real relationships to new levels.

  13. September 10, 2011 12:47 am

    So true! love having friends like this!!

  14. September 12, 2011 9:54 am

    Wow, the picture of the road is incredible. Nice tie in with community too – I need to keep seeking it and creating it. Thanks for the reminder.

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