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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)
TITLE: Bailey Canyon Creek
By Ginny Winters
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It was 4:30 in the morning. The mom grabbed the telephone and dialed 911.
“What is the nature of your emergency?” the operator routinely inquired.
“We are being flooded!” She hollered over the rushing river sound.
“I’m sorry, we are unable to help you, there is flooding all around the city. You must get in your vehicle and drive to high ground.” She patiently said.
“No, you don’t understand” the mom exploded! Our road has been washed away and there is no way out! The cars have been caked into the river and are immovable.”
“Oh,” she said, “Well in that case I’ll call the rescue squad to come get you.”
The motley crew assembled themselves with slickers, rain hats and rubber boots. They grabbed shovels and rakes and prepared to take a stand against the enemy, but it was too late. The battle was already won in the previous hours when the water had taken out the roots of the trees that camped along the banks. The boulders were too dangerous to get in front of as they clattered down the pike taking out the picket fence and anything else that defied itself in front of the mouth of its destructive path. Soon there were flashing lights across the banks. The ladder truck from the fire station had shown up and they were tying up one of the men to a strong rope. The brave man battled the rolling rocks, walked, slipped, and floated his way across the watery barrier with a life preserver vest in his hand. He in turn put it around the shoulders of the frail grandmother who had undergone neck surgery six months prior. Her steps were hesitant, her trust unsure. Before she knew what was happening she felt herself being lifted between two big strong men. The neighbor had come across the side property and helped the fireman secure his precious cargo. The rest followed, step by step careful not to fall and drop what little they had gathered; a change of clothes, much needed medication, and a little wiener dog that was shaking from the inside out.
Two years and seven hundred ninety four miles later found her sitting in her cozy kitchen. The red cupboards displayed the warmth of the afternoon sun that reflected from the window. She took a sip of hot coffee and sighed! “Ah, who knew that after that year of trials from her mothers tragic surgery, to her own divorce, to a flood that displaced her from her home. That she would end up owning her own home outright. Never having to fear that it would be taken from her in a bad market, or an onslaught of rain again! Who knew that she would meet and be a part of a unique women’s worship band that traveled to and fro to help usher others into the Holy of Holies. Who knew that she would form a close bond with one of those members and experience friendship akin to David and Jonathan; have the opportunity to travel to Africa and beyond, to see God’s mighty hand move! Who knew that she would meet a man of God, and travel down a path she thought would be posted “No Trespassing” for the rest of her life.
God knew! God was there the whole entire time. Sometimes we only see the rain that washes away everything we had. We don’t realize that some of that stuff was not God’s best for us. The rain has stopped and God is still God! He knows the plans He has for you!
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