We're flooded here.
The Red River has crested at 37 feet, a level my town hasn't seen since 1945.
I know and love some people with water-filled homes. I've heard heart-wrenching stories of flooding in Texas that swept families apart and away. Our fragile lives are just that- easily changed with any one event and we remember our vulnerability when waters rise.
But like the Song says, "Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away." (Song of Solomon 8:7)
We all know the story of Moses and the Red Sea parting, but Joshua saw the Jordan dry up, too. Not only did Israel move from slavery to freedom on dry ground, but they crossed into the Promised Land in the midst of water-moving miracles. These were signs "so that all the people of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God." (Joshua 4:24)
Certainly, we're in an short blip of time where we experience loss and suffering, but Jesus tells us that He is the Way. (John 14:6) He is our Dry Ground. He is our earthy path from slavery to freedom, from suffering to life eternal.
The waters of this life can sweep us away, but His Love cannot be quenched and we are safe in Him- no matter how high the river rises.