I was talking to my sister this morning and she was talking about checking updates on the latest hurricane information that was supposed to hit this weekend and she preparing for it. She was getting a cooler full of ice, closing shutters, stocking water and getting as much ready as she could control. I’ve done the same thing when we have snow storms, stocking up, getting ready, whatever I can do.
While we can prepare for the storms that we know are coming, what about the unexpected. What do you do then? Some things are easy, also easy to forget. Making sure the gas tank is at least 1/2 full, and you have a spare, car essentials kit makes you driving prepared. Having a list of emergency numbers so you don’t waste time looking them up. A baby sitter check list, fire safety checklists and drills all work great, when you have them ready. Do you need to take time and plan any of these?
Some things are totally out of our control, what then? A call, your dad has cancer. A wreck, car totaled, injuries, lengthy recuperation. You miscarried, again. You need to prepare, I’ve never had a patient live 5 years without a heart attack, stroke or death. Your house is on fire. What do you do then? Who do you lean on?
The Calm in the Storm
During the midst of all these things happening that I never planned for, anticipated, or even thought this would happen to me. I have a wonderful support system, my family is fantastic. Every time family, extended family and friends were there to support me. I’ve turned to them, talked and shared with them and they’ve been there. But mostly, Jesus. He could take all the feeling that I had inside, my pain, my confusion, the lashing out I didn’t want to do to my husband or children. He comforted me and was a calm place in the midst of the storm. While I don’t have any answers to the whys, I do have a safe place to turn. Who do you turn to in the storms in your life? I’d love to hear.