Journal Entry 174

I remembered a screenshot of Hurricane Harvey’s predicted path of destruction. Corpus Christi was heavily prayed for as many believers thought it was going to be hit the hardest. San Antonio was embracing potential flooding also. However, the course of it made a slight adjustment and headed more north to Rockport and Houston. Members from multiple churches came together to go to Houston for the Hurricane Relief.

The aftermath was surely devastating both to the poor and the rich. Stoned fences were broken down due to the immense water pressure when it was flooded. Everyone can see the line of dirt stains on cars, trees, and walls inside the home. Mold already started to form inside the homes, and we mainly helped took out unusable furniture and tear down damped walls. Piles of perishable belongings mount in the front yards of each affected homes. I was thinking about how temporary these materials are while I was throwing them out.

During my time there, we helped the Middle Class homes, and the burden of emptying these large homes was great. It made me not want to own these many items in the future. Jesus told of a parable in Luke 12:16-2: “And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”’

Well, we shared the gospel with the home owners during and after helping them. I enjoyed my time with the brethren. School and work added onto this put heavy pressure on me, but the Lord is gracious. He is faithful, and there are more reasons  for me to rejoice in the midst of my trials than I can think.

I am back home safely by God’s grace and about to prepare to go serve in the hospital tomorrow. May God give me sufficient grace.

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