This morning my youngest son came downstairs, sat in my lap, and asked, “dad, can we PLEASE see the sun today?”
I didn’t realize until then how long it had been since we had seen the sun. We are going on our fifth day of Hurricane Harvey. There has been A LOT of rain, 9 trillion gallons as of yesterday morning, and it rained ALL day and night again. The flooding is unbelievable.
There have been mandatory evacuations throughout Houston. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. Yesterday one of our church members tried for several hours to get his parents to his house, they had been evacuated from their home. This is normally 15 minute trip… and we are in a good, relatively dry area. I say relatively because there aren’t really any dry places.
One of our church’s founding families had to be rescued from their home yesterday. That’s them on the boat being rescued from their home. They are safe with their sweet baby. We are praying their home stays safe as well.
It looks like we will have to endure another full day of rain, heavy rain with all the flooding that it produces.
The good news is that the storm appears to be moving away from Houston. It is pushing East. Sometime today we should be on the “clean” side of the storm.
The better news is that people from all over are helping each other. It is inspiring to see people care for one another in the midst of devastation. Seeing believers in Jesus take the lead in these instances is deeply encouraging. I’m so thankful the people at CityView have been at the center of this in our community. We’ve rallied truckloads of material donations to shelters, nursing mothers, and help with immediate home repairs. Due to the generosity of many outside of Houston we have been able to purchase much needed supplies and go help those in need. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO DONATE HERE. (100% of donations go to disaster relief here in Houston.)
The best news is that the Lord has been faithful to us in the middle of all of this. All day these verses were running through my head.
 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer;
 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. (Psalm 61:1-3)
Everyone in Houston feels faint. We are physically tired, mentally drained, and emotionally exhausted. We are truly faint and we are looking for higher ground. We’re looking for a rock that is higher than we are (both literally and figuratively). The good news is there is One. He is a refuge and strong tower. He brings encouragement to discouraged hearts. He never leaves and He never forsakes. He is with us.
The physical sun will come out soon, but the eternal Son has never been hidden.