Although we are not likely to be greatly impacted by the tropical storm in the gulf, it does remind me that hurricane season is here. I have spent so much of my life in Florida and Southeast Texas that I have grown accustomed to this season, and if I am honest, maybe even a little complacent. You see, of all the hurricanes and tropical storms I have evacuated for or hunkered down for, I have never really lost anything more than electricity because of those storms. And for that I am thankful.
This hurricane season, like every hurricane season, there will be those folks who are not as fortunate as I have been. There will be folks who leave their homes not knowing what will be left when they return. There will people who find that when they do return, they have lost everything. Every time I see the scenes on TV of the pain and destruction, I have to remind myself that I may not know how these people feel, but we have a God who does.
And while I may not know how it feels to have a hurricane or a tropical storm impact my life, I know what it feels like to go through a storm. After all, we all face storms in our lives; they might not be called Ike or Cindy or Allison, but they do show up in our lives. The storm might be called divorce, abandonment, despair, financial woes, cancer, stroke or Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. When these storms hit, we know what it feels like to have our lives beaten and battered. Your storm might not make the local news but it does change your life.
I am reminded each hurricane season that regardless of the name of storm I might go through, I am not alone. I am reminded that even as my life is battered and beaten, God is with me and understands what I am going through. That is the promise God makes to you and me: “GOD makes everything come out right; GOD is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, He’s rich in love. God’s love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who honor Him…” (Psalm 103 excerpts).