I had my basement finished. I made the decision when all the grandkids were at my house one day. They were running through the kitchen as we were trying to cook. I knew I needed more space.
I devised a drawing of what I wanted and contacted a builder. He gave me an estimate and we were off to the races with decisions on cabinets, carpets, flooring, bathroom fixtures as well as paint colors and trim. It took several months, but finally the contractor left the key. He was finished. It was a Saturday and the kids came to help me arrange furniture and set it all up so that the space was usable and as cozy and comfortable as it could be. I loved it. My style is rustic country, so nothing fine or perfect was down there, but still, it was exactly the way I had envisioned.
The next morning, I woke up to the idea of having coffee in my newly remodeled basement retreat. But as I prepped to get ready, only ice-cold water was coming from the hot water faucet. I raced to the basement and as soon as my feet hit the floor they squished in soaking wet rugs and carpeting.
My hot water heater had sprung a leak…one day after receiving back the key. One day from the months’ long project being completed and the basement was flooded. To say I was speechless is an understatement. I couldn’t talk because I was crying too hard.
No, it all wasn’t ruined. It ended up only being inches of water, but still some renovation had to be done to repair the water damage. Even inches of water can cause destruction.
In today’s passage David was talking major disaster. He was likening what he was going through to major flooding. It is how we feel sometimes. Here’s what he said, “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.” Psalm 69:1-4
His feet were not merely squishing in a bit of water from a hot water heater leak. He felt engulfed, swallowed up in his situation. He was even having trouble seeing God. Maybe it’s how you have felt. Maybe it’s how you feel right now.
Here is some really good news: we don’t have to see God to know that He is there. Call to Him. He’s listening.
Lord, today I feel overwhelmed. I am struggling to even find where You are, but I am trusting that You hear. I love You, Lord.