Chapter-a-Day Nehemiah 4

Sandbagging. We kept at it, repairing and rebuilding the wall. The whole wall was soon joined together and halfway to its intended height because the people had a heart for the workNehemiah 4:6 (MSG)

In July 1993, my home city of Des Moines was under water with what experts called a "Thousand Year Flood." I had just moved back to the area a few weeks before the worst of the flooding hit. As the rivers rose, an army of citizens rose with them to fill sandbags and fight the flood. The President came to view the damage. News crews from all the major networks arrived to chronicle the damage and cover the hour-by-hour change in water level.

A news crew from New York sat perched on high ground looking down on Fluer Drive and the Des Moines Water Works. Thousands of people scurried about like an army of ants, shovels and sandbags in hand. Around the clock people came to join the effort in an attempt to save the city's water supply.

"Who is paying all these people?" the news producer asked.

"No one," was the answer. "They're volunteering. They just showed up to help."

The producer shook his head in disbelief. "That would never happen in New York!" he exclaimed.

I think the producer was proved wrong in September of 2001.

When people have a heart for the work, virtually nothing is impossible.

4 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Nehemiah 4”

  1. Thanks Tom. I am grateful for the prayers and love that you & Wendy give me.
    I missed reading your encouraging devotionals while I was gone! 🙂

  2. Good thoughts! It is so true. Too bad more of us don’t have “a heart for the work” of God more passionately, more often!

  3. 6 We kept at it, repairing and rebuilding the wall. The whole wall was soon joined together and halfway to its intended height because the people had a heart for the work.
    God you are so good! These chapters are such an encouragement to me. We are tackling the huge project of finishing our youth group room in the basement at church. We are living the reality that if you have a heart for work it is amazing what can be accomplished. In spite of some naysayers who think we are nuts for biting this off, we press on. God is faithful!

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