Sunday, December 19, 2010

Flash Floods

Prevention is still the best remedy for many of those things that befall we mortals. Rather than wait for life's fallout, there ARE things we can do to steal ourselves against the knowns that may (or may not) visit.

We visit our physicians & dentists for regular check-ups lest disease have it's way with us. We pay our taxes to avoid the ire of the IRS. We have our vehicles serviced to keep them in running order, and to inhibit costly repairs. We eat healthy for the same reason we have our vehicles serviced. We keep the air clear with family, friends & co-workers lest "fog" damage our relationships.

The possibilities are endless where preventative measures are concerned.

Many of us will never experience a flash flood, at least not a literal flash flood.
But all of us, at some time(s) or another will suffer the flash floods that descend upon the heart with little or no warning. Worse, some of us live on flood plains; and it's just a matter of time ...

Thus I have found it VERY interesting to see what preventative tips are offered for the literal. Is it possible they can wizen us for life experiences both literal and spiritual? You betcha!

The U.S. Scouting Service (and many other sites) provide a number of helpful cautions & advisories. In part we learn ...

More people lose their LIVES in floods than in any other weather-related event. 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake - trying to navigate through flood waters.

Watch for the following signs:

◦Unusually hard rain over several hours
◦Steady substantial rain over several days
◦Rains in conjunction with a spring thaw
◦A monsoon or other tropical system affecting your area
◦A Weather report
◦Water rising rapidly in streams and rivers
•In hilly terrain, flash floods can strike with little or no advance warning.
•DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS! Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur with people driving through flooded areas.
•If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away.
•Be especially cautious at night.
•Don't try to outrace a flood on foot. If you see or hear it coming, move to higher ground immediately.
•Be familiar with the land features where you live, work, and play. Be prepared!
•Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest statements, watches and warnings ...
•The National Weather Service will issue a Flash Flood Watch when heavy rains may result in flash flooding in a specific area. In this case you should be alert ... you should move to safe ground immediately.

I also know from personal experience that flash flooding is NOT likely to occur where solid ground & deep root systems are found. There's a reason high ground is safe ground.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house on the rock.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds
blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall,
because it had its foundation on the rock.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does
not put them into practice is like a foolish man who
built his house on sand. The rain came down,
the streams rose, and the winds blew
and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2



NanaNor's said...

Hi sweet sister, Love this post-I've never thought of flash floods from this stand point but you are so right as the enemy of our soul lurks seeking who he can destroy. We must grow deep in the Lord and His word to avoid being swept away.
Hugs today Kathleen,

Sonja said...

See... this is one of the things I love about your brain, heart, and pen!! I would never have looked at those weather instructions and thought of how they also applied to our spiritual lives!! Just planting the seed of 'watching the signs'...and then having us read them through. A-MA-zing!! It's a picture, isn't it!

I also agree completely that when we are firmly lodged on high ground, with roots goind down deep, the floods do not wash us away.

Another great one Sassy! :)

Karen Lange said...

Thank you for sharing this important info! Thanks also for reminding us of the spiritual parallels. Timely, thanks so much. :)

Rebecca said...

In a day when (it seems to me) common sense is lacking, this post is valuable on MANY levels!

I can hardly stand to think how so many people fail to know/understand/ heed the warnings re. eternal ruin and loss!

I'm on a quest for higher ground and deeper roots until I'm safely Home!

Diana said...

The comments made me think of "I'm pressing on the upward way, new heights I'm gaining every day....." Love that song! Have a great day, Kathleen!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

"Rains in conjuction with a spring thaw..."

Goodness, that will preach from so many different directions. I especially like the idea that prior to the resurrection of spring, a thaw occurs that often includes a deluge of water. As for me and my heart, springs a comin', but the walk there has been mighty wet at times.

Beautiful piece of writing, my friend. Lots to chew on per usual, but I'm particularly drawn to this lesson.

Merry Christmas.


LisaShaw said...


Love your perspective and sharing here! It caused me to think on a few different things.

I love the heart in which the LORD has given you or perhaps it's the mind in which He's given you as well to SEE things through HIS eyes and share it with us!

Thank you for always blessing!

I'm excited about what the LORD will bring to your mind/heart in 2011!

Love you! Merry Christmas!

Rita said...

Kathleen, you always have such interesting perspectives. I would never have thought of this on the spiritual side of our lives and it is great! Thank you for sharing it with us. Hope your Christmas is wonderful!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

You're right on. We could save ourselves a lot of grief by following scripture.

- Letting go of bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness.

- Praying and seeking wise counsel before making a major decision.

- Being willing and obedient to follow God's Word instead of our own desires.

Susan :)