On August 3, 2017, it drizzled all day. In the evening, it was raining harder and harder to the point that torrential rain was pouring down. I heard the news of some villagers evacuating our country. At that point, I packed the books of God’s words and put them in a safe place. I worried that this heavy flood would sweep my house away, because my house laid low, behind which was a rising ground, and on the east and west side of my house, there was no way for flood waters to flow out, so the flood waters could only flow toward my house. If the flood waters flowed in my house from the back gate, my house was sure to be knocked down. With these apprehensions, I came before God, praying, “O God! The wind, frost, snow and rain are all in the control of You. The water behind my house can’t flow out. I’m scared that the flood waters will flow into my house. Now I’m helpless. God, I can only rely on and look to You. May You watch over these books of God’s words and keep them from damage. Though some people have evacuated here, I can’t leave and I’m willing to devote myself to protecting these books. Regardless of how heavy the rain is, I’ll obey Your sovereignty. God, irrespective of what You do, I’ll thank and praise You.” After I finished praying, I was much more stable, and then fell asleep.
I was awaken from my being half asleep by bells when it was 3 a.m. Hearing the sound of pouring rain and the roar of the great flood, I was afraid and uneasy. I put on my shoes in haste, put up an umbrella, and waded toward the entrance door to see how deep the river water was. Reaching the entrance door and looking outside, I was stunned. Dozens of meters away from my home was a vast expanse of water and the turbid rolling river water surged forward wave upon wave. Big stones rolling in the water made dull rumblings. I was over 70 years old and had never seen such heavy rain or such a big flood. This scene was so terrible that I was frightened with my heart beating fast and with my legs trembling. I walked slowly back to my house, and came in front of God, praying immediately, “O Almighty God, I’ve never seen such a great flood. I know You’re chastising corrupt man. I’m one of them and should also accept Your chastisement. God, I beg You to protect my heart, so that I can quiet my heart before You and submit to the circumstance You arrange. Whatever damage or disaster I encounter, I’ll give thanks and praise to You.” After my, my heart calmed down and I was not alarmed and scared any longer.
At past 4 a.m., the rain fell much more heavily, like a waterfall. I saw the water rushing out from my neighbor’s east yard like water after the floodgates had been opened, and that the caldrons, refrigerators, gas tanks, lids and other daily necessaries were washed out. The water then directly surged toward my neighbor’s perimeter wall and swept down two over four-meter high granaries by the wall that were welded together. In addition, my neighbor’s gate was washed open, their forty-meter long henhouse was also swept down, and then the water flowed into my vegetable garden. I was on edge and called out to God in my heart. Marvelously, no sooner had the flowing water come to my wall than it turned the direction toward the big river. If the water had not changed the direction but flowed directly forward, my house would have been swept away. At the sight of that scene, I could not stop thanking God for His protection. God showed mercy on me. Had it not been for the exception of grace God made for me, my house would have met the same end as others. I called to mind God’s words, “The disaster originates with Me and is of course orchestrated by Me” (“You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination”). These words allowed me to have more faith in God and was no more in fear of the flood.
After the rain stopped, I saw four large firewood stacks standing in orderly arrangement in my field. Due to the river bed widening, the stacks were just in the middle of the river, like the lonely islands in a vast sea. They were not washed away but still stood upright in the water. My forty-meter long henhouse beyond the river was not washed away either. After the flood waters receded, I crossed the river to go to my henhouse and observed that the flood had passed by the henhouse, run along the foundation and then flowed for more than twenty meters into the river. As a result, my henhouse was undamaged, whereas other people’s grain depot below my henhouse, built on large rocks, was destroyed by that flood. In addition, a row of a dozen or so rooms of the granary were knocked down and the three houses opposite the granary, including their over fifty sheep and two pigs weighing over 300 kilos, were also washed away. The flood waters flowed into the house on higher ground. Though that house did not fall down, all the things in it were washed away, so it could not be inhabited. Moreover, two new rooms of the family who believed in sorcerers were swept away. I saw many houses were washed away in our village, but mine survived the great flood safe and sound under God’s wondrous protection. Thank God very much!
After experiencing this flood, I had some real realization and knowledge of God’s words, “Of everything that occurs in the universe, there is nothing that I do not have the final say in. What exists that is not in My hands? All that I say goes, and among men, who is there who can change My mind?” (“The First Utterance”). I saw that Almighty God whom I believe in is God Himself who dominates and controls everything. All things, living or dead, are in His orchestration. This is God’s unique authority and only He possesses this power. I saw His wonderful deeds, His almightiness and domination, and His majestic and wrathful disposition. In the disasters of the last days, only if we rely on God can we pull through difficult periods and avoid suffering disasters. Meanwhile, I saw we human so easily collapse in the face of calamities. Without God’s grace and mercy, we human cannot survive at all. When in the face the disaster, I, a lowly person, received God’s such great love, of which I felt unworthy. Hence, I made up my mind: I’ll do my best to perform my duty, submit to God’s orchestration and arrangements, and repay His love for me.