Having lived, for many years, in Savannah, Georgia, I know my way around hurricanes. I've weathered tropical storms, heard the stories of tragic storms of the past, and evacuated for hurricanes that ended up hitting South Carolina or Florida instead.
Being hit with Irene's fingers, here in south-central Pennsylvania. . . it was a different perspective.
A mild earthquake a couple days before caught my attention. The rumbling under the chair, moving me about like a small boat on a rough sea was hard to ignore. Not tragic, but hard to ignore.
And then, just a few short days later, we sat outside and watched her wave.
My husband led us in clearing the yard and securing our outdoor toys and furniture. Then we stood and watched. Having always been busy helping to board up windows or pack treasured goods and sit in a car in bumper-to-bumper traffic in past hurricane experiences, I was amazed when I finally got to see what the storm looked like.
Dark clouds, so many you could hardly see sky, quickly spinning in a south-west arc. It was amazingly beautiful. And when my three year old daughter looked up at me, so concerned, wondering what my response to these scary clouds and rough winds would be. . . I picked her up and danced. We danced with the trees.
God is awesome, His creation is awesome; and in the midst of natural disaster - earthquakes and storms - it is impossible to turn a blind eye to His power and sovereignty.
So, why live in anxiety and worry that the ground will open up and swallow me whole or that the wind will wreck our home or floods destroy our belongings? God's creation belongs to Him; I belong to Him. He will do as He pleases, and I can sit in anxiety and panic or I can sit in holy fear as I watch the beauty of it all.
* Watching Irene's farthest reaches.
* Dancing with 3yo and the trees.
* Cold windy wetness reminding me of years of coastal living.
* Family - staying in touch, letting eachother know all is well.
* A night spent in prayer.
* Church the day after the storm.
* A sermon I needed to hear.
* Precious baby smile and talk.
* Garden in shambles. . . but nothing worse.
* A chance to help a friend with a sick child.
* Every north east family member safe and accounted for.
* "Mom, I like you."
* 3yo morning giggles.
* Garden time - picking up the pieces.
* Sunflower heads hanging with grape vines.
* Lots of hot peppers. . . to do what with?
* Father-son outing after a tough 8yo day.
* The color of grape jam on toast.
* Seed catalogues - eye candy.
* Big sister reading aloud to little sister in bed.
* The way they look when sleeping so peacefully.
* Playful teasing with husband.