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    by Susan McGrath

Highwater Pants
Date Posted: October 28, 2006

This weekend I was scheduled to take my son's Cub Scout den on a campout. We had the menu planned, the groceries purchased, activities set to help us earn badges, the only thing missing was good weather. It rained over two inches and the campsite was underwater.

The boys had been told to pack extra shoes and clothes to change into. I knew they would get wet - they're ten-year-olds! But short of breaking out the canoes and building stilts and platforms for out tents, there was no way this camp-out was happening.

I guess I understand a little bit how the people of Noah's time felt. They were just going along with their self-centered lives and then out of nowhere all this water starts pouring out of the sky and doesn't stop. They could flee to higher ground but they couldn't escape it.

We didn't have to flee to high ground, just change out plans for the weekend and plan the campout for the next night. (Either that or fill up my freezer with hotdogs, hamburgers and buns to feed, well, a bunch of ten-year-old boys.)

When rain falls in my life I don't have to worry - I'm already standing on my higher ground, Christ the Solid Rock. I might get wet and even be stranded for awhile, but I won't drown and the sun will shine again.

When we had to postpone the campout many of the boys were very disappointed. My son even grumbled and argued that he didn't care if it was flooded - he wanted to camp! I tried to reassure them that we would camp - soon. They just needed to be patient.

I wonder how many times the Lord has sent me that message? Don't worry or grumble. Be patient. The rain will pass.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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