“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)
This scripture reminds me of the people who rescued my brother, Jay, and his wife, Sharon, during the floods in Houston in 2017. For more than a week we saw pictures of flat bottom boats rescuing people stranded in their homes by the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey. What made this particularly challenging was that my brother was bound to a wheel chair with a medical pack continuously delivering medication to his heart, further complicated by a broken hip.
Through a remarkable set of circumstances it appears that God’s protective arm was always close at hand. Fortunately, my brother’s daughter was at their house as the waters started to rise. She just happened to look out the front door and saw a man in a boat proceeding down their street. She hailed him down and said she needed help in evacuating her parents. She explained that my brother could not get out of his wheel chair, and somehow had to be lifted into the boat, wheel chair and all.
She was told not to worry, that he would go get help. He returned with three other men who lifted my brother and his wheel chair into the boat. They then walked the boat through a swift current to higher ground quite some distance away.
God’s provision did not end with the rescue. Friends from their church took them in and gave up their first floor master bedroom. During the flood, water reached five feet in their first floor destroying nearly all furniture, appliances, personal possessions, and their car. The furniture and other items tumbled from room to room. Almost nothing was found in the room in which it had been placed. As the workmen were cleaning up, someone brought a large bucket with the label, “The Blessing Bucket from God’s Pit Crew” with the following message, “We pray that the contents will bless you.” Among the contents was a new NIV Bible, the very kind that Sharon lost in the flood.
Sharon had a couple of electronic candles on the book shelves beside the fire place that could be turned on by a remote control. As the workmen were cleaning up, the candles came on and started to flicker. The remote was nowhere to be found. No one knows how they came on. Sharon thought the candles were letting the workmen know that in spite of all that had happened the light of Christ was still present. The number of volunteers and circumstances would seem to confirm Christ’s presence.
How have you brought the light of Christ to others?