Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Through The Storms

Hunkered down in a room in the basement, the only room in the whole house without windows, listening to the wind, rain and hail pound on the building. The sound of water rushing in the basement right underneath the front door from the shear force of the winds outside. The winds so loud you would almost swear there were planes flying low to the ground, or train tracks right outside your house. This is what it's like to have a tornado come at you. This is what it's like wondering if you will still have a house in 5 minutes. This is the sound of Spring in the Midwest. Not a beautiful sounds, but fearful. 
Damage is done

There is devastation

But there is still hope. Yes, a 32 mile long path of an EF 2/EF 3 tornado was forged in Missouri hitting my neighborhood...again. We are no strangers to tornadoes. We even had another one hit two years ago in almost the same path. Both times damage, great damage, was done, but there is still hope. Hope found in delicate flowers that lived through 100+ mph winds, tiny baby bunnies who survived the rain and hail, and knowing that though the winds swirl around us, the rain pours out in sheets and hail is hurled at us, we are on a foundation that cannot be shaken. We are to be like the wise builder in Matthew 7:24-27. For when we have our foundation in Jesus, "the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock" (v 25). Trust in God through the storm.