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Better than Flood Insurance

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This is like the days of Noah to me: Just as I swore that the waters of Noah would never again go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you and will not rebuke you.  (Isaiah 54:9)

I have a healthy fear of water. My brother and his wife lost everything in the flood in Grand Forks, N.D., in the mid-1990’s. Jill and I lost a lot of our stuff when a horrible March storm hit northwest Indiana and the power was out for three days. With no sump pump, the water covered the lower level of our tri-level home. We lost pictures and other irreplaceable items. It was such a helpless feeling. Water has the power to give life and take life.

Like so many Midwest communities, the Des Moines metro has had a very wet spring. You can stand anywhere in central Iowa, throw a rock and hit a house with water in the basement. When you see it on the news, it seems rather distant. But when you put a face on each one of the affected homes, you realize there is a family trying to dry out their belongings, and wondering how they will recover and pay for the often enormous cost of the cleanup. So few families have flood insurance.

While a vast number of families could not afford flood insurance, people of faith understand that we have another type of insurance. Our insurance that cannot be taken away and is without cost. It is our eternal insurance. We trust God to never leave us, and our eternal insurance will never be refused. This insurance includes continual care from the Almighty One. It includes the promise that our prayers will be answered and all will be answered in some meaningful way. It includes wisdom, grace, compassion, and justice. Our insurance will assist us in life, and pays the way to our eternal home as well. Trust in God’s insurance and believe in God’s ongoing care, as we make our way in this world, flooded by pain. Trust God to safely wade out to you and guide you safely to a dry shore.