The Storm

February 7, 2012

I went to Joplin last year after the tornado and was planning on writing about the trip when I returned, but couldn’t. Every time I sat down to write, I found myself staring at a blank Word document trying to find the right words. Damage, destruction, obliteration- those just don’t seem to cut it.

Don’t know their last names but this picture was taken on Jim and Sharon’s front porch. Sharon was battling Cancer at the time and Jim was doing his best to care for her. I wonder how they both are today, nine months after we met.

You can’t grasp the sheer devastation when you’re standing in the midst of it so a picture doesn’t really do it justice. It’s too hard to process.

One day, life is normal and routine, the next, everything has changed. You’re reminded, in the most violent of ways, that you don’t know what tomorrow holds and you certainly aren’t in control of this life.

Storms are terrifying and trying but we all go through them. Some are small and inconvenient; others are life shattering.

You can choose to tough it out alone or you can give it to Christ and let Him get you through. I’d much rather have shelter in my storms than to be out in the middle of them alone. How about you?

I took several other pictures but this video shares many of the same ones I have. Plus, the song is too good not to pass along.

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