Apart from his job, farming was my Daddy’s pastime. We got most of our foodstuffs from the farm. Almost every Saturday, we would go to the farm since that’s the only day available to us in the week.
There are two routes to the farm; one is the conventional route and the other, a short cut. Each time we go through the shortcut, we would have to cross a flowing stream. But if it rained, we dare not go through the stream.
As a matter of fact, we used to hasten up our work once the cloud begins to gather as it would be impossible to cross the stream after the rain. The gentle flowing stream would have become a ferocious and forceful flood which no one dares to cross.
LIFE CAN BE STORMY
And such is life. We often come into situations in which our gentle flowing stream suddenly turns into a mighty flood seeking to carry us away. On the other side, is our dreams, visions and goals but here we are on this side unable to cross the mighty floods or sometimes submerged in it.
There are those moments when we become so helpless and all we can do is flow with the tides. At such moments, it would seem the whole of hell has been let loose on us.
Ask the mariners who traveled with Jonah and they will tell you how it feels being in the floods. The Bible records,
“Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.”Jonah 1:4-5 NIV
The Psalmist also had his fair share. In Psalm 93:3, he cried out to God,
“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.”Psalm 93:3 NKJV
AN INVISIBLE FLOOD
Right now, the world is in a flood but unlike the flood of Noah, this flood is an invisible virus and many have been swept away. As of today, over 4 million people have been infected all over the world with about 280, 000 deaths. And the flood hasn’t stopped.
Coronavirus is not just causing ill health and death, it has also plunged the world into economic crisis. Millions of people have lost their jobs, many are hungry. Recession is imminent as it is being predicted by financial experts and economists.
COVID-19 has only complicated things for some people. They were grappling with a kind of flood before the disease outbreak. Some were in the floods of delay, some debt, some infertility and some health challenges. In the flood, you are terrified. The noise of the rushing waters silences other voices. You can’t even hear God clearly.
Fear, panic and agitation have been the order in the season of flood. There is uncertainty. You aren’t sure what is going to happen next. You are not excited. The breaking of each day seems to take you farther down the valley of life. You are sinking! Except there is divine intervention, you aren’t going to come out of this. It’s that bad!
And this is why I am writing to you. I have a word for you; a testimony that I know will stir your spirit. I am convinced that this word has the power to lift your spirit out of the current flood.
This testimony is found in Ezekiel 47:3-6. It says,
And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. NKJV
This testimony of Ezekiel is about to become your own testimony too. Soon, you will look back at your current situation and say, he brought me through the waters. You don’t need to have an idea of how you are going to come out of this flood but one thing is sure, He will bring you out of this flood.
If you noticed, you will realize that He brought Ezekiel through every stage of the flood; at the ankles, at the knees and at the waist. Even when the water became too deep and he could not cross, He was there to instruct and guide on what to do (Ezekiel 47:5-6).
This is why you shouldn’t be afraid of any flood that may come your way. God has the power to bring you through and He is willing to bring you through. Look at His promise in Isaiah 43:2.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” NKJV.
Did you notice the word, “through”? It implies you are not going to end it all up in this flood. You are simply going through it and you will soon be through with it. So, don’t let this experience define you because it is not your destination. Be preoccupied with the vision and the dreams God gave to you. he will be with you and bring you through this.
Sometimes God allows us to go through the waters of life so that He can have an opportunity to reveal His power and glory.
If you are a child of God, your challenges are not judgments from God; they are platforms for God to reveal His power to the world.
This was why Jesus won’t come until Lazarus died. God wanted to use that incidence to bring many souls to the kingdom. It’s also why God won’t deliver Joseph from the prison until the appointed time; the prison was part of the route to the palace. Joseph was going through that experience for a purpose. It wasn’t his destination.
And that’s how you need to view whatsoever your experience is right now; you are on your way to God’s appointed place for you.
HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH
- He brought Noah through the flood. While the rest of the world became submerged, Noah was lifted above the flood in the ark with his family. He brought him through the waters (Genesis 7).
- The apostles taught they were going to perish in the sea but He brought them through the mighty waters. They cried to Him, He rose up and rebuked the wind (Mark 4:35-41).
- Jonah definitely taught being thrown into the sea would be the end of the world but God sent a fish and He brought him through the waters (Jonah 1).
- Peter almost sank in the sea but Jesus held him by the hand and brought him through the waters (Matthew 14:22-33).
Yes, you may need to cry out sometimes. That’s okay. Just make sure you don’t give up on God. Keep praying. Do your best when you can and allow Him to handle the rest. He will bring you through this water. Believe His word because His word works when all things fail.
And soon, he will bring us through this flood of Coronavirus. We shall not be drowned in this evil flood. You and I will testify like Ezekiel and say, “He brought me through the waters!”
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