Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
I am going to be completely honest; this has been a difficult week for me. There have been very few moments that I have been able to stop, and be still, over the last five days. My day job is difficult as always, that will never change. The first few days of the week were very hectic and it seemed that my list of things to get accomplished was growing at a faster rate than I could keep up with. You could say that the worries and stress of this world was pulling me down.
On Wednesday morning, my oldest daughter called me as she was driving down the street in Rome, Ga. She was going to the computer store to see what they could do with her laptop that she has accidentally spilled water on the night before. She is nearing the end of her college career at Berry and the pressures that she was feeling were very evident. As Beth Anne was driving down the street she started talking about how the wind was really blowing hard. I told her that it was the early winds from the storm that was due to arrive later that day. Little did I know that a tornado was about to hit Rome and Berry College.
A few seconds later Beth Anne started getting scared and she was describing to me trees falling in the road, signs being ripped off and tossed about, and power lines that were falling down. I told her to get off the phone and try to find a safe place. She called me a few minutes later and told me that both of the entrances to Berry College were blocked by trees that had fallen across the road.
Around lunch time, Beth Anne called me and told me that she was going to spend the night at the house of a friend that lived about an hour away. Knowing that she would be at her friend’s house, with her parents there, was very comforting to me, because another dangerous storm was headed her way. Beth Anne called me just before supper and told me that they were headed to the basement because a tornado warning had been issued for the town of Ringgold, Ga. She told me that her cell phone was just about to die but she would call me from her friend’s cell phone to update us on the weather situation.
We were watching the local news and we soon began to realize that the town of Ringgold was directly in the path of this massive tornado. I thought about Beth Anne already being in one tornado today and now another one was headed her way. She kept us updated throughout the storm so we were able to remain fairly calm despite the news reports of the disaster that had struck that small town. I am very happy to report that she and her friends came through the storm without any injuries, but that was not the case for many others across the Southeast that day.
I am so thankful that my daughter made it safely through that day. But I am deeply saddened by the tremendous loss of life that many other families had to endure and are just now coming to terms with. Life throws many challenges at us and some are more difficult to handle than others. When I think that my life is difficult and challenging, I don’t have to look far to realize that I have a lot to be thankful for.
Our verse today reminds us that God’s strength is there for us as we encounter the many difficult moments in our lives. The strength that God offers is more comforting than anything that this world could ever offer. By being fully committed to God, I know that He will give me the strength to face any challenge that comes my way. I have so much to be thankful for and absolutely nothing that I should complain about. The grace of God is sufficient for me.