A River of Change - so it would be called once again! Here are a few pictures taken this week of our "changing" Missouri River as it expands!
Interstate I-29 - 680
Interstate covered and closed
This is the jail.
Road going around Big Lake
Railroad track running along the interstate
Along the interstate
Road covered by jail
Road next to the interstate
Railroads are raising many of the tracks
this one was cut and sand bagged
Not much farming around here!
Rick's Boat Yard overlooking the rising river
Flooded ball diamond - notice the batting fence!
Another beautiful sunset!
More of God's beauty!
A lone duck enjoying swimming in the
flooded parking lot!!
I look around me these past few weeks and see "change". Water has covered roads, interstates, farm ground, buildings, parks, parking lots, playgrounds, etc. Detours have been set up to take people around the covered highways so they can get to work. People have loaded up their household belongings and moved out of their houses. Others are sorting, taking things to the Good Will, setting things out on the curb. Some, like myself, emptying the basement and moving everything upstairs or even out to friend's and family's homes. I'm thankful I have a two-story house to put things up on the 2nd floor hopefully away from the water that may be coming!! People are making preparation for "change". Change that the Missouri River is bringing our way - "A River of Change" as it has been called in the past. The last big flood was is 1952. I don't recall it first hand but I have seen the pictures and heard my family talk about it. A "change" that brought about the levee system to help control the "Mighty Mo". Now we are hoping that this levee system can withstand the outflow of water from the dams above us and hope they can hold out for the predicted 3 months they are talking about keeping this water contained. Already water is everywhere and spreading daily! God only knows what is ahead! We continue to make the changes necessary and trust God to give us the sources and strength to get done what needs to be done this week. The full impact of the water release should hit us Thursday or Friday. Then we will know what this "River of Change" is going to do to our area.
This morning as I read my devotional I was encouraged by Max Lucado. He talked about the future - I don't know if my house will have water all around and in it or not - but I do know that my faith, hope, and future is in God and God alone!
Read the words from my devotional below:
Can you tell the future? Sure, there are lots of people who claim they can tell you what job you will have, whom you will marry, how long you will live - some even claim to know the day and the hour that Jesus will return. One thing is certain: The future is in God's hands and only He knows what is in store for you.
This doesn't mean you can just sit back and not think about what is ahead. Plans should be made for your well-being and security. Goals should be set. You do need to look ahead to the coming years. What it does mean is that when you place your faith in God's leading, you don't have to worry about what lies ahead. God will give you the ability to gain what you need; He will provide you with strength to survive in times of trouble; He will give you a heart big enough to hold the joys He has is store for you. -Max Lucado
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3;5-6 NKJV), When you walk by faith and live by faith, you can trust in God to guide you through your future and on into eternity.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight." - 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV