Muddy, toxic water rising. Swirling. Destroying everything in its path. Floodwaters consuming Houston and surrounding areas — floodwaters of biblical proportions.
As tragic as this is, the Spirit of God is making Himself known.
For every moment of despair, there is a glimmer of hope. For every tear shed, there is a smile — a hug shared. Emergency workers, volunteers, neighbors all dying to self to help one another.
And although this scripture — “When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” — is referring to the spiritual condition of ancient Israel, it has been roaming over and over through my thoughts as I pray for Southeast Texas.
When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard [a banner] against him. ~ Isaiah 59:19b
I’m reminded that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
I’m reminded that if God be for us, who can be against us.
I’m reminded that what Satan intends for evil, God will use for good.
And I’m reminded that this is a fallen world where bad things happen to good people, and yet God remains faithful. He remains good. He sustains His children and carries them through the turbulent waters that this ol’ world spews our way.
Yes, He is a good, good Father.
Teresa R. Casey-Bell led over a million facebook users to the throne of God Monday night as she literally praised Him in the storm. Teresa lives in Houston. Her cars are destroyed. The first floor of her townhouse filled with water causing Teresa and her family to find refuge upstairs.
And yet she gave our Lord praise.
Heartfelt. Authentic praise.
Praise I will never forget.
May you be encouraged in the Lord today. May Teresa’s voice of praise lead you straight into the arms of Jesus where He can touch you and make you whole once again.
He’s waiting for you.
**UPDATE: According to Teresa’s facebook page, she and her family were rescued early Tuesday morning. Thank You Lord for your faithfulness.