When God Brings a Storm

Blessed is the one
   who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
   to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
   are the wonders you have done,
   the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
   were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
   they would be too many to declare.
— Psalm 40:4-5

Usually I write blogs here to share video-related tips for my clients, but today I want to share a testimony about how God is working in my home and in my business this year.

Like so many other Knoxville businesses and residences, we had some major water damage from excessive rains and flooding on February 23.

I remember waking up that Saturday morning and walking into my home office. I heard the sound of rain outside, then felt the soaked carpet under my feet. I lamented, because we had just put in brand new carpet padding 5 days earlier. But we didn’t have time to dwell on that irony.

Without much choice or time to waste, my husband and I sprung into action.

I canceled our daughter’s swim lesson, and moved my camera gear and furniture away from danger in the quickly rising water. He pulled our shop vac from storage and assembled a few of my c-stands to drape carpet over in hopes of salvaging it later.

Family and friends from church came within the hour to help tear up my carpet and carpet padding, and move as much water out as possible.

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Water kept pouring into our basement as quickly as they were able to get it out, so progress seemed just out of reach. Finally, one of the guys noticed our front flower beds seemed to be retaining a lot of water, so in a risky, last-ditch effort to save my office, he took a shovel and started digging out the retaining wall and ground.

Suddenly, water shot out from the ground as the pressure was relieved. Hundreds of gallons of water flowed down our driveway.

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As the rain cleared up, our basement finally stopped taking in water, and we could finally start drying out our basement and assessing the damage.

Over the past 6 weeks, we’ve had a dozen different companies come and give us their assessment of what we need to do - from cheaper patch-up jobs, to a full-scale demo and rebuild of our interior and exterior walls. We looked at practical solutions as well as “let’s build our dream” solutions. Most options would require us to find additional financing, or go into debt, which we did not want to do. But we also didn’t want to have recurring flooding in our basement.

My husband and I prayed and asked God to give us direction on what we needed to do.

Back in December, God gave me a word for 2019 - “Build.” Then in January, He began teaching me more about grace. Jesus lived a perfect life, and His sacrifice on the cross made it possible for me to have forgiveness of all my sins and receive His good standing with God. Because I have believed this good news and received the life of Christ in me, I will always be enough. I will never have to work to earn His love or favor, because I already have it! This was revolutionary for me!

Up till this point, my idea about God’s blessing my life and being close to me still relied on my effort, performance, and works. That means when bad things happen, it’s not a reflection on my performance, instead it’s an opportunity for Him to show me more of His goodness!

So we asked God what to do, with full confidence that He had already prepared a solution for us.

We waited through the whole month of March, without release to move forward on any of the plans. Meanwhile, it seemed that everyone we knew was starting building projects of their own during that time.

I had to remind myself every day that God is good and faithful and that He had not only not forgotten about us, but that He was multiplying his word to me by blessing to those around us!

Even though our home was/is turned upside-down while we wait on new flooring for my office, God has given me windows of time and the inspiration to get more done on my business in a month from a tiny dining room table than I ever thought possible.

  • He’s given me strategy to reorganize over 30 terabytes of footage, photos, documents, and other projects so I can easily find what I’m looking for!

  • He’s given me inspiration to streamline my client on-boarding processes by creating repeatable workflows, checklists and documents!

  • He’s given me effortless creativity for an exciting project you’ll learn more about this summer!

  • He’s sent me not one, but two huge proposal requests at just the right time!

  • We’re getting new gutters put on the house as I write this, and they are beautiful!

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We are continuing to walk this journey by faith, because it’s certainly not over yet. There are many things in my heart I would like to see God do, many things He has spoken and we are waiting to see fulfilled. But in the waiting, He gives us patience and hope.

So, what’s the bottom line?

Maybe you find yourself in a crisis situation with your business. A business “flood” could look like a lot of things - financial stress, a creative block, a poor customer experience to overcome, or having more work than you know how to handle.

There are a thousand different practical solutions I might be tempted to offer you that could apply to a thousand different things, but that may not be what’s right for you. I’m not here to burden you with human solutions. I’m not here to give you a task list, or a step-by-step process to achieving your dreams. Because that won’t work!

What I can say is that Jesus does know exactly what you need. And I can promise you that no matter what happens, He is good.

So my encouragement to you is this: Trust God. Seek His Wisdom. And Walk In His Answer.

And when the storm hits, get excited! God is on the move!