A few weeks ago as most of you know .. Many counties in Georgia were devastated by floods. Parts of the county I live in were hit hard .. many roads are still closed today due to damage.
This is a story of Faith.. and of a message that was preached at our church the Sunday before the flood. This photo below is of our Church.. and was taken just 2 hours after our Pastor spoke of God’s promise to Noah. I had been sick for over 2 weeks at that time and missed Church for the second Sunday in a row.. so I missed the message. As I was on my way to my Doctors office for my breathing treatment .. I passed by our Church and this is what I saw. A huge rainbow over the Church. Course I stopped and snapped a few pictures and when I got home Jeff told me that it was a sign .. he wasn’t sure of what but he called our Pastor and shared the photos and story with him.
See the beautiful rainbow… well what you can’t see is the river located just behind the Church.. just beyond those trees runs The Yellow River. An hour later the skies opened up again and began to pour.. poured nonstop for the next 36 hours.. The Yellow river turned mean and nasty.
The River was raging … water was rapidly rising.. and roads suddenly became flooded.
That’s the corner of our Church in the photo below .. and Jeff is walking around checking on the rising water.
The water rose and continued to rise … feet by feet .. minute by minute .. til the road behind the Church and the lower parking lot was covered.
Only inches away from the playground it was spared.. but the small Church building.. used as storage and for food ministry wasn’t so lucky.
Another shot of the flooded road behind the church and the edge of the playground.
Today all of the water is gone .. but the road was damaged and is still closed. On the day Jeff & Ashley went to the Church to take all of these photos .. I didn’t go .. because I had seen the rainbow that covered the Church just days earlier .. and that was all the promise I needed that the Church would be spared… and it was.
This next photo I shared with everyone a few months back.. It’s the Porterdale Mill Apartments and the Yellow River runs directly beside it.
This is what it looked like after all that rain.
The river was so loud .. it sounded like a train.. I can’t imagine how scared the people were living in those apartments were.
The next 4 photos were taken from the patio area that overlooks the river.
This is a photo of the area where we sent a friends ashes down the river.. This is what it normally looks like.
That same area .. as close as we could get.. after the rain.
God’s Promise in the Rainbow:
“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:20-22).
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