The Lord Himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.” Psalm 121:5
I had always wanted to see it—but not here and not then. So, the other night we had one of those “Oh no” moments. Part of the Taylor tribe that normally lives somewhere else was staying with us. They have three boys who are absolutely 100% all boys. Accordingly, it is important, very important, that they shower every night. So, my wife Judy, AKA MaMa, gave them their marching orders, “Hit the shower.”
Slowly and somewhat reluctantly, they did. Well, Judy and I were upstairs and suddenly there came a very loud commotion from downstairs. Above the din we heard the voice of grandson number 2 hollering, “MaMa, come downstairs NOW!” Well, she scurried down the stairs and I was right behind her. What was the cause of the commotion? Niagara Falls had come to Southern Illinois—217 W. Poplar Street to be exact. When we arrived downstairs, from the light fixture in her home office, water was pouring. Now it wasn’t dripping, it wasn’t sprinkling, it was pouring.
As it turned out it wasn’t a broken pipe—it was grandson number 1 who had forgotten to put the shower curtain inside the shower. So, if you forget to put the shower curtain inside the shower, all the water runs down the shower curtain and straight on the floor and from there—right through the ceiling and into MaMa’s office. Holy Moley. Now to add to this story, this all happened on Saturday night at 9:00 pm. You know, the night before the Papa preacher is supposed to preach on Sunday morning. You know, 9:00 pm when people are supposed to be winding down and not winding up.
Well, because of the quick thinking of the father of grandson 1 and 2, we were able to contain the water pretty quickly. It took several dozen towels (ok, that’s an exaggeration) but it was several and the quick removal of a rug and the moving of a desk. Well, in a matter of minutes, the worst was over except I had some confessing to do to my Dearest Daddy about patience and not losing “it.” But wait, there is a pretty bow in this story.
You see, for whatever reason, the water only came through the ceiling where the fan and light were located. The ceiling was not hurt at all—not a bit. And, believe it or not, even with all the water flowing in and through it, the light and fan still worked. Can someone say, “God moment?” I think it was another of those times when God was just watching over us. In this case we didn’t avoid the commotion, but we did avoid the catastrophe.
Tucked away in the Psalms is this verse, “The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.” I believe that is absolutely true and it is true even if the commotion grows into a catastrophe! No matter what, He watches and as always, He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne