In His Hands

As a child I learned the song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. The song was fun to sing, easy to remember, and made me feel better about God watching over me. Too often, though, I understand God in my head, but not completely in my heart. Not completely, that is, until something terrible happens. When I am in a desperate situation, when I am sincerely crying out to my heavenly Father, that’s when the true realization of his promises hit my heart. That’s when I really “get it”.

Psalm 16:5, in the Good News Translation says,

You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.

Like so many times before, my God proved himself to be all knowing and prepared for any situation…even before my family knew we ought to be prepared. In 2018, our Father showed my mother she needed to start simplifying her life and delegate the maintenance of her home to someone else. Mom began looking for apartments, and listed her house for sale. Yet, after one month there was not even one interested person! Mom was confused and worried.

Then, in March 2019, Nebraska experienced the worst flood in its history. Due to a perfect combination of frozen soils, excessive snowfall, and spring rains, Nebraska was inundated with water. The Niobrara River Road north of Ainsworth was destroyed. Bridges were either compromised or destroyed north of Johnstown, Ainsworth, Atkinson, O’Neill, and Norfolk. The Spencer dam broke, the Ericson dam broke, and many other levees and dykes downstream failed as well. Between Ainsworth and Omaha almost all of the roads were closed due to damage or water over the road. Furthermore, my sister and her husband lived downstream…on a lake.

My brother-in-law, sister and their boys were evacuated from their home early on a Friday morning; two days after the rain started in my hometown. That was the same weekend Mom moved into her apartment. Because no one had even looked at Mom’s house yet, my sister and her family were able to move in temporarily. All I could do was pray, but God answered. My sister’s friends showered her family with money, new clothes for their sons, and other items they needed.

As the water slowly began to recede, my sister’s family was able to return to their lake and begin rebuilding. On the day they moved out, a person looked at Mom’s house and made an offer, which she gladly accepted. God sold Mom’s house as soon as he was done using it to care for his children!

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away.

Song of Solomon 8:7

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