As I’m writing this, I’m keeping an eye on the weather. Hurricane Irma is fast approaching the state of Florida and we could receive a direct hit. The storm could take a turn and go straight up through Florida or it could hit the eastern coast of the US. We don’t know yet. It might change and give the panhandle where we live, a run for our money.
So today, I’ve been washing clothes, buying supplies and tiding up things. Why I don’t know. But I felt the need to cook and clean. I also looked around my house and wondered what I should take with me if we evacuate. Pictures of my family, of course. A few mementoes that mean the world to me. A few clothes and shoes (have to have those shoes–at least flip flops!) How long will we be gone? Will my home be underwater when I return? Do I have enough medicine and important papers, identification and insurance cards. My laptop and external hard drive, my thumb drive that has all my worked saved on it. My notes on the book I’m working on right now.
What part of my life do I leave behind? All the silly things I’ve kept from conferences over the years. The many tote bags I hate to part with because they hold memories? The thousands of books, some read, some waiting to be read? A favorite scarf or my deceased mother-in-law’s cocktail ring? Should we even leave at all? Maybe we’ll be okay? Maybe everyone in the path of this storm will be okay. If I pray for it to turn, I put someone else in danger. What do I pray for and how? I pray for strength and courage and calm during the storm. I pray for safety and comfort and that everyone heeds the warnings. I pray that I’ll be smart and find a way to keep my family safe and that everyone I know and love in this beautiful state will do the same. We have to be prepared for the storms of life and we have to realize that life isn’t always fair or easy. But Christ will see us through.
That’s about it. I’ve learned to be still and know. I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Betsy Haddox. It was written by Nicole Johnson (Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy) and it talked about being still. So I was reminded of the verse that has sustained me since I arrived in Florida four years ago. “Be still and know that I am God.”
That’s what I will try to do in the midst of this storm. My prayers go out to my adopted state of Florida and to all the other places in the path of the storm.