Uriah Pulls Out From the Murky Waters

In the night, a large storm went through, complete with hail. It was soon a “storm watching” mini-party, as most of us came to the front of the bus, and observed the storm. When you have hail go through, there’s no sleeping because it’s like being inside a metal drum with someone beating on the outside.

Eventually, we went back to bed. A little before 6, Dad and Mom woke up and had their time with the Lord. When Dad was through, he lifted his blind, and disbelief swept over him. “We’re flooded,” he told Mom. The Beaver RV park was now appropriately named, as we were in Beaver Creek. The only thing missing was the beavers. At that point, all that mattered was to get out and get out quick.


John stepped out into the murky, brown water and felt the shocking coolness. He used an insulated pry bar to disconnect us from shore power. Dad started the bus, and John waded with effort through the water ahead of us, removing objects out of our way and feeling where the road was to lead Dad. The RV parked seemed too quiet for being flooded. Few appeared to be aware of the danger. We had seen a truck leave, but he wasn’t warning people. Dad used Uriah’s air horn to alert others. A few people came to their doors.

Walking ahead of us.
Tossing debris out of the way.
Uriah driving through the water.

We continued on, and our hearts were full of gratitude to the Lord as we pulled onto dry cement. We drove across the street, and to our surprise, saw another RV park, high and dry on a hill. Hmmm…. It would have been a much better choice to have stayed there! Dad called 911 to alert the emergency personnel of the situation. Volunteer firemen began showing up, and as we left, a boat was also arriving.

Initially, we had thought the bays were flooded, which would have meant a loss of quite a few books and our electronics. But, no, the bays did not flood, and only the very bottom of some of the boxes were damp on the bottom layer! Again, AMAZING!

John was our hero! The man, who you also see in this picture, was taking pictures and was local. He said this was the first time this had happened in 60 years.Â

We also saw the Lord’s hand in where we parked. It was dark when we arrived last night, and we had to figure out where we could find a 50 amp plug. The spot we would have liked was full, so we ended up finding a different place. Looking back, that one spot was near the creek, and we definitely would have had damage and far greater difficulty in getting out.

The creek that was swiftly rushing and had flooded everything.
Praise the Lord!
We were to the left of that building.

The Lord brought this verse to my mind: “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:23). Several things struck me. It appeared hardly anyone was aware of the danger, and they were likely still sleeping, not realizing they had a major problem. Then, when they were warned, the few I saw out, didn’t seem too concerned. Translate this into a person’s spiritual condition. So often, people aren’t concerned about where they’re going to spend eternity. They are content to live without dealing with the situation at hand (aka: eternity, because a person doesn’t know when the end will come for them). They “hope” they will go to heaven. Eternity is too long to stake your future on uncertainty. Scripture says you can know for sure (1 John 5:13), and it involves repenting of your sins and asking Jesus to be your Savior.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed” (Romans 10:9-11).

Sarah for the rest

16 thoughts on “Uriah Pulls Out From the Murky Waters”

  1. Sarah, This is how my mom explained her belief in Christ to her unbelieving older brother. I do not know if he got it, but they were in the car going down the road, so I know he at least heard it!! HAHA! Praise the Lord you guys made it out of the water, and that it was not rushing water so it was easier.

    Thank you for the reminder as today is going to be tough. Will you all please say a prayer for me and the kids as we go to court this afternoon? Tell John I said he is going to have to get a pair of hip-waders by the end of the trip!

    In Christ,

    I’ll be praying!

  2. I’m glad you all got out! Praise God nothing bad happened to your books and

  3. It is always amazing to see the Lord at work protecting your family through all your “adventures” on the road, and your responses and attitudes to what must be extremely trying situations are always so encouraging. Thank you for sharing the Lord’s work in your lives!

  4. As I read your posts week after week, I am amazed at how may different trials you are faced with. I smile each time knowing that Satan does not like the work you are doing, but that God always sees you through! What a testimony.

  5. Praise the Lord!!!! John was very brave to do that!!! I’m glad you were able to warn other people!!! Also glad that the water wasn’t rushing when you were trying to get out!!!

    The spiritual comparison makes so much sense, Sarah. Maybe the Lord will use this to reach those people, and maybe they’ll see it in that perspective!!!

    We have dear friends heading this morning to Virgina, though they’re planning to stay in Kentucky tonight, so we are praying for their safety as well. Looking forward to seeing posts on the conference!!! Thinking of you all!

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  6. Praise the Lord for His protecting Hand! Praying for you all!! God’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save…

  7. All I can say is WOW!! Praise God for his protection! My hubby is in the National Guard and so we can appreciate the need for quick safety. So glad you all were okay and with minimal damage to your belongings. Praise God!!
    We are grateful too! Our books are fine–the water was just to the bottom of the bays. Amazing!

  8. What an excellent post Sarah. Such an accurate parallel you drew. My “jaw” is still slack on the ground. Wow. What a testimony of God’s intervention, direction and discernment. You just never know what a day will bring. What a wise idea to have John do as he did, although kind of scary for mom to watch this. Makes me think of Moses and the Lord parting the Red Sea–definitely steps of faith. Sorry I am so random but I am just amazed and yes changed as I think about unsaved ones in my life who are unconcerned–definitely a new way to pray for them, that they will sense the urgency…and that I will too–to share with them.

  9. I am so glad you are okay and were able to get out. Praise the Lord for His wonderful protection.

  10. Praise the Lord for His protection! At this point, Sarah’s idea folder for future books must be bulging! Be assured of our prayers, dear ones.
    Kim C. And family

  11. I shared this blog with our church tonight at Bible study. A few of us have been to your conferences, but after the testimonies we gave upon coming back, many love to hear the updates on what is happening (your blogs). Tonight we took a moment to praise and rejoice that your family found favor with the Lord. What a testimony to share.

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