In my Reflections article six weeks ago, I shared about flood preparations that were taking place in our little village in Germany. I compared what was being done to the work we need to do to prepare our hearts and lives for difficult times. At that time I assumed, as many did, that the spring thaw in Minot had passed and that the worst was over for 2011. I ended the article with the following statement: I pray that the rivers of our hearts have been dug deep and wide through the study of God's word, prayer and a deepening relationship with him. Then, when the torrents come, we will not be overwhelmed.