It’s raining. I’ve never really minded the rain. Not too much anyway. That is until recently. I’ve never seen how powerful rain can be. About a week and a half ago I experienced it for myself. It can take out bridges. It can flood houses. It can wreak havoc on local markets and restaurants. It’s been emotional for a lot of us, and out of those emotions the rain has brought the worst out of some people.
The rain has also brought the best out of some people. I have heard stories of people helping evacuate others. I have heard stories of CVPS workers doing all they can do to restore electricity. I have heard stories of communities rallying together to make sure people have food and water.
I know people who drove for hours giving up their long weekend just to help our immediate community. It’s quite touching. Others have made a sacrifice. They are volunteer firefighters. They are town workers. They are people who work for non-profits. The list could go on and on. One thing that I can say is that they have gone up and beyond.
I know that things may never be quite the same, but I do know that Vermont will recover from this flood. (Please come to southern Vermont this fall if you can.) I’ve seen fires and I’ve seen floods in my short time living in South Londonderry. If I’ve learned anything during my time here, it is this: God can bring good out of anything. I may not understand what He is doing. I know, though, that I can expect that God will do something, and I can choose to jump on God’s wagon and go along for the ride.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.