It was a nice afternoon and my office was freezing so I decided to go for a walk around the building. I noticed a magnolia tree I hadn’t paid much attention to before. Me being the photog I am, had to snap a few pics. There is about 30 to 40 minutes difference between the two pics. One taken up close and the other from my office. The magnolia tree is a little to the right of the frame.
I had somewhere to be in in a couple hours and was hoping the storm would pass quickly. I remembered one of my children was out in the storm. I was sure she was fine but hadn’t heard from her.
We lost power briefly at work which took the elevators out of commission. I finally made it out of the building and on the road in time time to sit in traffic. About half way to my appointment my daughter called. She was stranded with a flat tire and no spare. Great! Traffic is horrible, I had to be 20 miles away before a certain time and was cutting it close. Even if I turned around I couldn’t get to her any time soon due to all the wrecks and downed power lines. For a moment I felt my jaw tighten and could hear the frustration in my voice when she called me back. I took a deep breath and apologized to her. It’s ok, we will figure this out. We did, we enlisted the help of her sister and together we were able to call for a tow, find somewhere to take the car, get my daughter a ride home and arrange for the sitter to keep the youngest daughter longer than anticipated.
LIFE HAPPENS! It is not the end of the world, it is just life. My wallet was not happy about paying for a new tire. It was an inconvenience for all of us. It’s just life. Later in the car I called her back and told her it was ok, it could have been worse, it could have happened on the interstate in the middle of the storm. She doesn’t want to feel like a burden or hassle and I definitely don’t want her to feel that way. There is much to be thankful for because it could have turned out very differently.
Life is filled with storms. One minute it is calm and beautiful and 30 minutes later you are being tossed about and shaken to the core. The storm didn’t change the magnolia tree it is still a magnolia tree. Things happen in our lives that shake us up temporarily like a flat tire, coffee spilled on our shirt, rude co-worker or financial strain. The storm may shake off a few leaves but you are still you. Other storms can knock you off your feet, take the wind from your sails or leave you devastated. When you pour your all into a relationship only to be left behind, when you lose a loved one or life takes a crazy unexpected turn, that is just life. There are times we just shake off and move on. Other times the damage is more significant and we need time to heal. Either way, it is part of this journey called life. I am thankful that God is my refuge and fortress. I know I can not only get through the storm but someday enjoy the sunshine again.
Psalms 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.