I was hoping that once I got home I would get to rest for a few days. Even the strongest among us need a few days of rest once in awhile, and especially when it comes to ministry and seeing a necessary message fall on deaf ears time and time again, it can get tiresome.
The day after I got home, the rains started. Two days later, we were doing all we could to deal with the floods that have swept through our part of the country. Thousands of people were left homeless in a matter of hours, as river after river flooded, and any home that was not on higher ground fell victim to the onrushing waters.
I apologize for not being able to post anything of late, but every morning we are out trying to see where we can be a help, from something as simple as passing out bottled water, to helping people with food and clothing. The consensus among those who have lived in these parts all their lives is that they have never seen devastation of this magnitude. The rains have stopped, but only briefly. Tomorrow they are said to start again and a fearful expectation of a repeat performance is keeping many awake at night.
To top it all off, I was recently flagged as a 'spammer' by this fine site, and was not allowed to post anything for the past week and a half. The situation has been remedied, and as soon as I clean the mud from between my toes, get a decent night's sleep and am able to put two coherent thoughts together I will post something that is relevant.
From what I've been able to read in snippets, things are not much better in the states, from tropical storms, floods, heatwaves and the like. Keep us in your prayers, and we will keep you in ours. In the end, all we have is Christ, and the family of Christ to depend upon, to lean on, and to tell our hurts to. It is one of those greatly overlooked benefits of being a child of God.
I can throw out some cliched line about overcoming at this point, but as I've said repeatedly I prefer to be honest and forthright. Yes, I have my concerns, yes I have my fears, yes the condition of the world we are presently living in is troubling to say the least. A child of God is in no way intended to be above all these things, but know in perpetuity that he or she will always have a present help in time of trouble. We trust our Heavenly Father as we press on, knowing that His grace is sufficient in any situation.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.