Flooding & Heaven

Categories: Updates from the Beck Family

Dear Friends,

Over twenty plus years of marriage and ministry I can always count on things getting interesting when Daren is away!  Recently was one of those times.  Daren had left for the week to attend the International Council meetings for ACTION in Manila and it didn’t take long for it to get REALLY interesting….
I woke up at 1:45am to a loud rushing sound like hard rain.  I ran downstairs and immediately found myself in ankle deep water on the ground floor.  The downstairs plastic water valve from the wall had burst sending water out of the wall into the bathroom.  Since the hose from the washing machine was in the drain on the floor the water could not escape and soon had turned our first floor into a pond of sorts!   I turned off the water main and cleared the hose from the drain.  It was pouring over the 4 inch lip between the bathroom and the rest of the house.  The water began to drain and then I waded into the living room to see how big the problem really was.  The best I could determine was that minimally we were wall to wall from kitchen, hallway, and living room in two inches of water. At two in the morning, I don’t think very clearly so I walked back and forth, up and down the stairs looking for a broom.  We have them all over the house but I couldn’t seem to find one.  I finally settled on the one in the kitchen.  I opened the front door and began sweeping the water outside.  As I was sweeping, I kept hearing a crackling noise and the lights seemed to be flickering.  I kept hoping it wasn’t serious and that I wouldn’t get shocked since I was standing in the water.  Then, the wires gave way and shorted.  No power.  I was standing in complete blackness.
After things were cleaned up I couldn’t go back to sleep because my mind was so full.  It is only the Lord that brought these things to mind at that hour so I wrote them down.  These are the positive things from my perspective about this situation:
·        I heard the water and woke up BEFORE the power went out
·        I got most of the water out of the house before we lost power
·        I didn’t get electrocuted (which I found out later was a real probability and my teammates swear that my ‘guardian angel’ was working overtime!)
·        We did not lose power on the next floor where the kids were sleeping
·        We have always wondered what would happen if our house flooded.  Now I know where the low parts are and which direction to sweep.
·        The flood water was clean and not from the sewer and/or street
·        I was awake and able to spend time contemplating God’s goodness in it all
·        I had the physical ability to clean it up
·        I can call for a repairman to fix it and I am able to pay him
After all of this contemplation, my thoughts drifted toward heaven…this was a bummer but in heaven….
·        There will be no cheap plastic pipes – no pipes at all
·        I won’t sleep through trouble – no need for sleep and no trouble!
·        No need for battery operated lights, or candles
·        No need for electricity (which is out 3-4 hours a day of late!)
·        The food in the refrigerator will never spoil – no fridge – food is always fresh
·        Water will always be in its rightful place
My thoughts continued….
** I will never grow tired or weary again
** I will not be lonely or alone
** My rest will be sweet
** I will never sin again
** There will be no more “goodbyes”
** No more tears, pain, misunderstandings, sickness, soreness, or death
** I will be with Jesus everyday
After this early morning contemplation and my coffee, I took Face to Face, one of my favorite prayer books and read this…
Philippians 4:11-13 – “May I learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  Whether I am in need or in abundance, whether I am filled or hungry, let me learn the secret of being content in any and every situation.  I can do all things through You, the One who strengthens me.”
It amazes me the ways the Lord uses Scripture in just the right way to fill a need at just the right time.  So…
What awaits me today?  What awaits you today?  Whatever it is, God will give us the strength to be victorious!
For the Becks in Cambodia,
Jodi
Author: Daren and Jodi Beck

Daren and Jodi currently serve with ACTION in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Previously Daren served for six years on staff as Missions Pastor at West Hill Community Church in Morgan Hill, California. They arrived in 2003 to serve long term in Cambodia, They are blessed by four children, Mikaela, Kamryn, CJ, and Andrew. They are are very excited about the privilege of serving the Khmer people in the name of Christ!

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