Life throws all of us curve balls.
Saturday afternoon, I, along with many other folks, found ourselves shocked while standing at home plate when that unexpected curve ball came hurling toward us. Hurricane Matthew brought with it so much rain in an already rain-soaked area that this new rain had nowhere to go. Except in my house!!!! It’s so easy for us to pass judgment on the things we hear and see in the media. “Why didn’t those people get out of their house before they had to be rescued.” “Didn’t they prepare?” You know the drill. Well, let me tell you that sometimes you can prepare and prepare and prepare, but that one thing that should NEVER happen will happen.
I never dreamed in a million years that someone would have to come to my door and help me to safety. As I trudged down the street in front of my house to where his vehicle was parked, the water was over my knees and the current was so forceful it was hard to keep my balance. And although I was soaked to the bone, I was thankful to be in a dry vehicle with my rescuer who actually took me to my daughter’s house 8 blocks away.
This is going to be tough. I am having to move out of my house that I just moved in 7 months ago. But I still have a house to repair and come back to eventually. The people in Haiti can’t say that. And I won’t be homeless. I will live with my dad again. I am blessed beyond words. I have watched as people have turned out to help drag soaked carpets out of homes in my neighborhood and am reminded that people really do care.
This morning, as I sat reading “Jesus Calling,” I was humbled to tears as I read this:
“Though I have brought many pleasures into your life, not one of them is essential. Receive My blessings with open hands. Enjoy My good gifts, but do not cling to them. Turn your attention to the Giver of all good things, and rest in the knowledge that you are complete in Me. The one thing you absolutely need is the one thing you can never lose: My Presence with you.”
That says it all. It’s just stuff and stuff isn’t what really matters. My relationship with the God of the universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords is secure and for that I give Him praise and glory. Just this past week, I hung a sign over my kitchen window that says “Attitude is Everything.” I could choose to grumble and complain, but it won’t change anything that has happened. So I choose to be thankful. Thankful for God’s presence in my life and that He is a good God no matter my circumstances. I am trusting Him as I maintain perspective on all this situation.
Lots of love, Sharon