But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us,
we become more and more like him.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Awhile ago, I was watching a Heartland episode where a small town, that was located beside a river, was destroyed during a flood. For the next several years, the town spent many man hours repairing the devastating damage that had been done and trying to salvage what was left of their homes and businesses.
After the flood, the course of the river had changed dramatically forcing the townspeople to work around the river’s new path through their town. Homes, stores, and restaurants had to be relocated along the new river bank. The town as they had known it ceased to exist.
They had two choices: to accept that their town had to be rebuilt to embrace the new path of the river or to give up by moving away.
I think that the same thing can happen to us as we walk through the days of our lives. For years, we walk along the same riverbank comfortable in the steps we are taking. Then we are suddenly hit by a devastating flood (e.g. the loss of a love one, the unexpected diagnosis of a disease, a life changing event, etc) that destroys our life as we know it.
That happened to me when I was 32 years old. I was walking along that same riverbank minding my own business when I had a Stroke. My life as I had known it ceased to exist. The course of my life had been changed dramatically.
I vividly remember the Doctors telling me that I had to change the way I was living or risk having another Stroke. In order to change, it was going to take some drastic measures and lots of hard work. I had two choices: to rebuild my life or to give up without even trying.
For the first time in my life, I wanted to live. I mean really live a life where I was fully engaged and fully alive. The day I decided that was the day that my life as I had known it for thirty-two years ceased to exist.
Rebuilding my life has been a process. There have been productive times and some not so productive times. Some days it is easy to embrace the new path my life is on and other days it seems like an uphill battle. But it is knowing that the Lord is walking beside me as I take each step that encourages me not to give up.
While the Stroke was an awful ordeal it ultimately led to my freedom and healing. Prior to having a stroke I was on medications for bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety , and panic attacks. Now I am no longer on those same medications. Prior to having the Stroke, I had never had a job for longer than two years. Now I have been in the same job for thirteen and a half years. Prior to the Stroke, I had never been able to maintain a relationship. Now I am engaged to be married.
In life, we can’t always control the floods that come our way, but we can choose how we will react in the aftermath of them. If you have recently experienced a life altering flood in your life or are experiencing one now please come to the Glennon House for prayer. Let one of our trained Prayer Ministers walk beside you as you rebuild your life in the aftermath of the flood.