Down south, when it rains hard, we call it a gully washer. These are the kind of rainstorms where the water gushes down into gutters and through culverts, with flash flood strength.
I took these photos near the end of one, still showing the force of water rushing into a gutter. While it collected, the water almost looked like a prehistoric animal.
This one looked like it had the face of a demon ~ creepy!
Gully Washers of Life
As my husband and I recently discovered, life’s gully washers can certainly hit with demon-forced strength. We both still feel like we got pounded! Like for us, the raging of the flood can last long and grow strong enough to try to sweep you away.
Through it, though, we once again found that there is help and hope no matter the intensity or outcome of the battle. And a way to look beyond one’s own circumstances and bless others along the way.
The day I captured these pictures was a Sunday. The rain had just drenched the road in front of my church, before I left for home. Were it not for the kindness of a parishioner, who had laid bricks as stepping-stones, those of us leaving would have had to traverse a raging river to the parking lot. The raised brick walkway instead enabled us to make it to our cars with a smile on our faces and dry toes in our shoes.
Help Others During Gully Washers
The thoughtfulness of the brick layer got me to thinking about things we can do to help someone going through a gully washer in life. Even if we are still in the midst of one ourselves.
We all face times of stormy trials. With God’s help, we can make it safely to the other side and learn invaluable lessons of endurance. Lessons designed to equip us to encourage others going through difficulties. As our circumstances grow us, He doesn’t want us to live in a vacuum.
Instead, by His power, God wants our lives always on display, shining His light and being used for His purposes. As Jim and I learned throughout his hospital journey, opportunities for doing so presented daily, and were often just simple acts of kindness on our part. Some, though, required courageous acts of restraint when issues arose.
Stepping Stones of God’s Light During Gully Washers
In some form or fashion, we can all be stepping-stones of help, light or encouragement to those God places in our path:
We can simply listen and show that we care. Really listen, to comfort and understand.
We can go out of our way to offer a helping hand. Or simply hold a hurting hand in need.
We can forgive, even when doing so hurts and the offense seems justified.
We can pray, in earnest, with heart-wrenching, gully washing tears.
Such kind consideration for others models that of our Good Shepherd, who leads us through every storm to places where pastures are green and waters are still.
With God’s help, we don’t have to suffer through struggles alone. We can reach out to the One who calms the storms. But when we reach the seasons of peaceful valleys, Jesus asks that we not grow complacent by neglecting those around us hurting and in need.
With Christ as our example, deeds of comfort and compassion may be their only bricks over the gully washer; the only chance they have of making it safely through to the other side of their raging river.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
**I would love to hear from you. Tell of a time when God used a storm or trial as an avenue for you to bless others.