Water is big in the news these days. The state of Texas is experiencing the worst flooding in its history, as a result of the stagnant, sluggish Hurricane Harvey. Due to a highly unusual set of weather circumstances Harvey arrived near Corpus Christi last Friday, moved inland to the Houston area and now seemingly refuses to leave! The consequences are rainfall totals measured in feet. The city of Houston appears to be drowning.
Houston is a city of 2-3 million people. Although the city leaders knew Harvey was coming, to evacuate a city of that size in a matter of a couple of days would have "flooded" the highways with cars and put many more lives at risk. In our nation's fifth largest city, government is incapable of meeting the needs of Houstonians who have been ravaged by this weather catastrophe.
Fortunately, relief agencies, such as Samaritan's Purse and the Salvation Army, as well as the American Red Cross, major corporations and celebrities have sprung into action. Additionally, as Harvey continues to dump more and more rain on the greater Houston area, "ordinary people" are, for the most part, showing their better selves. Firefighters and other emergency personnel are working "round the clock". Groups like Louisiana's "Cajun Navy" have traveled to Houston to search for survivors and rescue them in their boats. The Southern Baptist group "Baptist Men" have gone to the area to help. These and others like them are volunteers, who simply want to help their fellow man, many of them Christians who simply want to "be the hands and feet of Jesus" to those in desperate need.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
Another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
And one who waters will himself be watered.
Proverbs 11:24-25 ESV
Listening to a national morning news program today, I heard Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse being interviewed. He testified that the greatest need in this ongoing, unfolding tragedy in Texas is the need for prayer. I certainly agree. All of us can pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and well we should. Is there something more tangible we could do, however?
The Lord has given all of us resources we can generously give, in most instances to nameless, faceless people we do not yet know. This is giving with no hope of return on our "investment". But, God knows. And, God will "water us" in return. Here is an example of a small businessman in Florida who wrote on the @LACajunNavy 's Facebook page just mere hours ago.
Trying to get in contact with some boots on the ground in the area. I operate a kayaking company and would like to volunteer between 32-64 kayaks and around 126 seats. We can be there in about 20hrs coming from Florida. We also have personnel trained in rescues. Please call my cell that i left for you in a direct message.
Thank you, Mr. Mahan. Liberty University has trained you well. You have a generous spirit, and God will "water you", according to His promise.
Let's each of us ask ourselves: "what would God have me do?" Whatever answer He gives you, do it. And, not just in this present Texas disaster, either. Anytime the Holy Spirit nudges us to give, may we have open hands, which spring from open hearts.
To volunteer and/or give: