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Flood Watch

July 18, 2017
Flood Watch
Summertime is always hot in Phoenix, but this summer has been especially brutal. Many families are resorting to nearby rivers and swimming holes to escape the heat. This weekend, tragedy struck at one of the rivers as a flash flood tore through an area where nearly one hundred people were cooling off in the water. One family lost nine members in the deluge, as a wall of water, trees, and mud carried away fathers, mothers, children, and grandparents.

While flash floods are common in the Southwest, this is one of the most tragic losses in recent history. Some flash floods occur in the summer when ground in a mountain region is unable to absorb rain from thunderstorms. The water collects and pours down dry stream beds and river canyons, causing devastation along the way. When the storm doesn’t actually reach the downstream area, there can be little to no warning to evacuate. For instance, it wasn’t raining at the swimming hole in this incident; the thunderstorm causing the flood was eight miles away.

Jesus once reminded His disciples of Noah’s flood, which prefigures the end of the world. His words are reminiscent of the tragedy this weekend: “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37–39).

Twice in the same passage, Jesus told us that His coming will be like the Flood—a dreadful surprise for those who are not watching the signs. Jesus urged His disciples to “watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:42, 44).

Today the question comes to each of us: “Am I ready?” The signs are around us, but are we watching? Today is another opportunity to prepare! This great resource will give you the encouragement to be ready today; click here to read it.
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