At present, there have been (and will continue to be) plenty of tragic events that have occurred in Queensland from severe weather to horrific car accidents that have taken the lives of young people and causing heartbreak to families.
While I’m typing, the rain and wind is howling outside and I am thankful that I am safely inside my home, but the worst of the weather is to hit Brisbane later this afternoon.
In times like these where my heart gets heavy with the burdens of other people’s loss, I need to remain alert and pray for positive outcomes to circumstances that are out of my control. The only thing I can control is my response and ability to make myself available to assist those that need help – in my limited pregnant state.
From a spiritual point of view, God knows what we are going through. He knows the hurt/devastation, the overwhelming feelings of being helpless and the despair of not knowing what the future holds financially for those affected.
In any and every situation, our first response should be to pray to God for wisdom, protection and divine intervention. Prayer shouldn’t be our last resort.
The situations that have been laid on my heart to pray for are those affected by flooding in Queensland – especially residents in Bundaberg, who are now bracing for a worse flood than they have experienced in 2010 and 2011. There will be stories of complete and utter loss where insurance premiums that these residents were unable to pay due to previous claims mean that these residents have to start from scratch again.
You only have to read today’s paper and watch the live news coverage to see the devastation of what these natural disasters have caused to properties in South-East QLD.
I am reminded though, that the most important things in life are not ‘things’ but people and relationships. Houses can be flooded and torn away, possessions can be ruined and destroyed, but the loss of people from our lives has a more severe impact than any of us can imagine. Loved ones can’t be replaced. Money and possessions can.
Another situation that has been laid heavy on my heart is the tragic passing of a young mother and her unborn child from Ipswich from a car accident that could have been completely avoided. The husband is still fighting for his life and the couple had two children aged 5 and 9 who had minor injuries and are staying with family members. I can not imagine their loss and being a mother and soon to have another child myself, my heart aches for them not being able to see their mother again or meet their unborn brother or sister.
Tragedies like these happen everyday to Australian families, but when it is in your own city, it hits home and reminds me how blessed I am each day that I am alive and how lucky I am to have my daughter and husband. They are my most prized possessions and everything I do is for them.
Please pray for this family. If you are able to help, donations can be made to assist the family financially for funeral costs and just general assistance with bills as this family somehow recover from their incredible loss. The link for the details is here.
If your heart is heavy to assist those affected by Ex-Cyclone Oswald in Queensland, please dig deep and donate to charities that are collecting funds. I haven’t been able to find any links yet, but I’m sure that they will be up and running soon.
For tradies, this is NOT the time to celebrate more work in what has been a rocky 12 months in the construction industry. This is your time to shine and charge fees that are applicable to the industry yet deliver your best customer service and give the most economic advice to residents about their plumbing needs.
I remember when my dad was called to a street in Indooroopilly, Brisbane, that had been flooded in the 2011 floods. A plumber had been telling all the residents in this particular street they had to purchase new hot water units and were giving out quotes on their business cards. My dad was called out to one property, where the hot water unit was in working condition but just need to have some fittings replaced. He worked his way up and down the street reassuring the residents that had been affected that they didn’t need to spend unnecessary money on something that just needed to be checked over. Unfortunately tragedies can bring out the worst in people.
If you are in Brisbane or South East Queensland, please stay safe and stay indoors. Now is the time to bring our the radios and if you have power, charge those phones so that you can get Weather alerts and updates from Twitter and Facebook should you lose power.
God bless and stay safe.
Isaiah 41:13 ‘For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.’
2 Corinthians 1:3B-4 ‘The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.’