La Soufrière’s eruptions have definitely brought a time of crisis to SVG. Yet, even in that crisis, there are things to praise God for.
Today I am especially thankful for Gods daily mercies
A daily mercy is Gods blessing upon our lives that we don’t really recognise. Often it’s something that has been there for so long, that blessing is taken for granted.
There are countless daily blessing the Lord provides, but the eruptions have focused my mind on one in particular…..
Because the water supplies in Saint Vincent come from natural rivers, individuals were encouraged to fill up barrels or bottles before the eruptions took place. This is because the sulphuric ash would contaminate the water system.
The general idea was we would be without water for one or two days. Instead because of the magnitude of the eruptions, we were without water for a week!
There were occasions when the water would come on for a brief time in the morning or evening. Also one day the water was on from the morning till late afternoon. For the most part however, the water was not running.
as you can imagine, the lack of water caused many problems. Especially because this made cleaning the house, and washing clothes difficult. There was a greater need for these jobs of course since the ashes got on your clothes, and in your house.
The lack of water also caused me to realise just how much I used it! Its funny how I didn’t think about how many things use water till it was no longer there.
Friday morning, at around the same time the original eruption occurred, the water was turned back on. I cannot describe to you the joy that filled my heart to see water coming out of the tap again!
This experience has reminded me that many of the things that we take for granted such as water, electricity, or vehicles that run properly are forms of God’s mercy and grace upon our lives.
It’s sometimes difficult to be thankful for those items since they are so readily available. So God in His sovereignty removes them temporarily so we appreciate them more.
I definitely didn’t enjoy being without running water for a week 1. But I am thankful for the experience, because it reminded me of Gods daily mercy upon my life.
- Thankfully I had a large water barrel filled so did have water. It had to be used carefully though ↩