July 2012 - Vol. 61
“What Is a Front End Digger Doing in Our Pool?”
by Roger Foley
In the 7.1 magnitude earthquake of September 2010 which struck Christchurch, New Zealand, our swimming pool was damaged and since then has been unusable. Then the significantly more powerful February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, which caused many deaths and ravaged the cluster and eastern suburbs, finished off the pool by spiraling nearly 20,000 litres of stagnant water several metres into the air, then when the water crashed down it sucked soil, rock and garden into the pool...
Month following month, the pool disintegrated into an unsightly and unhealthy deep green color with no possibility of seeing the bottom. I hammered the insurer repeatedly and advised that on measuring the water loss and replenishment rate, the average was 7,845 litres a week since last November. But still no action, until last week.
A window of encouragement
But that is not necessarily the end of concerns, because several hundred thousand litres of leaked water went somewhere! Take a look at the photograph. The pool damage is evident, but look at the wetness of the excavated soil. Take a look at the collapsed ground which slid into the pool taking the digger with it as soon as it moved close to the pool edge. It took much skill and five hours to extract the digger.
The repair of the significant damage done to our home could still be several years away, as with five or six others of our nineteen damaged homes in the cluster. But it did feel somewhat satisfying to see, at last, some progress on the pool. It was a window of encouragement.
Where did that
And so Veronica and I have had a flicker of re-build activity right there in our garden. It is not much, but it is a start. But in a more significant way we have the assurance of the Lord as he spoke to our community gathering in June:
My ways are not your ways. I know that you have served me faithfully for thirty-three years, but I say to you this day that your work for me is only just beginning. It is only just beginning for all around this nation I have placed lights, lights, the Lamb of God Community – in cities and in provinces. I say this day that your work for me has only just begun. And for those of you who are young I say this work is for you too. And for those who are getting older I say to you this day that your strength is in me and not in yourself. I will give you strength. For days of darkness are coming on this land. Your work for me is only just beginning.
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