The Flood in Calgary, Alberta Canada

August 7, 2022 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

By Gillis Killam –

Six of us travelled from Calgary to Southern British Columbia for a golf trip. The weather was wonderful for the trip there and we stopped near Kimberly British Columbia for our first round. We then motored on to beautiful Kokanee Springs, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded with lush green trees, flowers, grass and tall cedars.

After a day and a half of good weather, everything changed when heaven opened and torrents of rain came down on the green landscape. Everyone sped their carts back to the lodge where we waited hoping it would soon clear up – it didn’t. We saw on TV that a massive flood had hit Calgary and surrounding towns. Houses were evacuated and businesses shut down. The whole downtown core of Calgary was without power and communication and the response teams moved quickly to get people out of the flooded areas and into dry places. People were rescued from their flooded homes in a variety of unconventional means. It was a disaster of great magnitude.

Deciding to travel back home, we arrived to witness the devastation first hand and were in awe! It was worse than what we imagined. Nearly one hundred thousand people were evacuated. Hundreds of homes and public buildings were destroyed in just minutes.

What came to my mind was Noah’s flood that covered the whole earth: a gigantic disaster. No one escaped except eight people in the ark Noah had built. We don’t know why this flood hit Calgary and what God’s message was, but in Noah’s day people had become exceedingly evil and violent (Genesis 6).

Whenever there is disaster it is time for people to look heavenward and remember the words of the Lord to nations and people that forget God. It is not for me to say that the flood in Calgary was for the same reason, but God does warn of a day of reckoning. In Noah’s time He warned the people of the coming flood, but they thought him crazy and refused to listen. The Apostle Peter wrote about those who scoffed at God’s warning of coming judgment:

“ But they deliberately forget that … By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (2 Peter 3:5,7 NIV).

Prayer– Lord, I know that you are not willing that any should perish, help me to be a light in these dark times.

About Gil Killam

Gil Killam was born in New Brunswick, Canada and served as pastor in 4 pastorates in Saskatchewan & Alberta, Canada. Gil is married to his wife Lorna and they have 5 children, 14 Grandchildren and 5 great grand children. He is a graduate of Eston College with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree. He also served President of his denomination. Gil enjoys golfing and reading in his spare time.
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