Friday, June 13, 2008

Illustration Friday - Forgotten

Unless you have purposely avoided the news this past week, you probably know the Midwest is experiencing historic flooding. Some thought the floods of 1993 were 500 year floods, meaning they would only occur to that severity every 500 years. In Iowa, some rivers are exceeding the 1993 levels.
Thankfully, the worst I have personally experienced is the inconvenience of relatively short detours to avoid flooded roads in Ames. And that was only 2 days.
We're just 40 minutes from the Des Moines River that is flooding over the Saylorville Reservoir Dam spillway. The news if full of stories of sandbagging, evacuations, road closings....
In Eastern Iowa, there is more flooding where water supplies are being threatened. Friends and family have already been affected by the storms.
All this gloomy news has been weighing me down. I found myself constantly checking the latest weather radar.
As if that wasn't bad enough, last night 4 Boy Scouts perished when a tornado struck their camp in Western Iowa. I wept after hearing the story of one of the boys - only 14 and already an Eagle Scout!
I realized that I needed to change my focus. I turned to God's Word, the Bible, for encouragement and perspective. Tonight I wrote most of the text of Psalm 77 in my journal and added the artwork. It's easy to get bogged down in the misery of life. But God has not forgotten us.


Andrea Rooks said...

Thanks for the update on your situation regarding the floods and for your heartfelt perspective. The journal page is beautiful. I hope you'll all be seeing God's rainbow soon...
love you,
A, B & N

PJ said...

What a heartfelt journal entry! I feel for you folks in that area! When I want to complain that we are getting absolutely no rain...I just remember the ones that got too much! I really hope things dry up for you. I really feel for all the tragic outcomes lately. People have lost sooo much!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

That verse has helped me through a lot!

I really like your blog!

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