A few months ago, when things were so difficult with Randy’s illness, I remember saying to God, “Can we be done now?” I imagine about the time you are reading this I will be saying the same thing. I’m writing on Saturday for a Monday morning post because I simply don’t know what the next 48 hours holds.
We would certainly appreciate your prayers. You may have more information about what has transpired than I do at this point. But be assured, we are in God’s hands, no matter what the reports are. I would love to believe that this hurricane will do as Charley did a decade ago and decide to turn at the last minute. Only God knows.
A few things have come to mind as we have been counting the minutes toward this storm’s arrival. So many times we let the unimportant things take precedence over the truly valuable things. Even if we lose every material thing we own, will it matter if we have all survived? Yet we still try to be good stewards of what God has blessed us with. We have not been irresponsible. We have done our homework and learned as much as we could about what to do but it’s still not a perfect science. We still have to face the bottom line that all we have done could be for naught.
But none of that will matter in the end if we are all safe when it’s over. I am so thankful for family. I was so proud to see my husband, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren all working together to prepare. We are so blessed to have this family. They were out there sweating in the hot sun hanging heavy plywood for hours without complaining. And on Saturday they worked outside to secure everything that could move. We were as prepared as we could possible get. We trusted that God would take care of us.
As we watched the rain bands begin to arrive we had moments when we would just spontaneously pray. Randy and I stood in the kitchen before dawn, before anyone else was up, embracing each other and calling out to God to be our shield and our shelter in the storm. It’s never a good thing to have to face such major threats, but it does do something to your life perspective. It makes you come to terms with what matters. It makes you draw closer to God than perhaps you’ve been in a while. Those are good things.
Sometimes I think it’s actually easier to throw yourself at the mercy of God when things are so overwhelming than when problems are smaller. We KNOW there is nothing more we can do. We are desperate for God’s help. He truly is our only hope.
I will update you as soon as I am able. Perhaps we will all be surprised by a miracle! If not, rest assured, our God is still bigger than Irma.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27