One of our amazing customer service team members (Heather) now lives in Orlando and wrote a small glimpse into her life as Hurricane Irma was approaching.
I’ve been through many storms in my life just like everyone who reads this. I’ve lived in Michigan where we faced snow storms and Oklahoma where we faced ice storms and tornados. I’ve even been through the fire in Colorado with ash storms. I’ve been through even crazier storms – life storms. The storms that are unexpected and take the wind right out of you. The storm of losing loved ones…. illness that are life long… finding out a loved one has an addiction…broken bones and broken hearts… abuse…financial storms … there are probably too many to list. Through it all one thing has stayed the same. God is faithful. As I sit in my living room with tears in my eyes as I write this I can honestly tell you that is the only thing that comes to my mind when I think of all of those storms. Before you think that was a cute saying and I’m just making light of what is happening in our world let me explain a little….
I’m currently sitting with my water bottle (one out of 288) surrounded by boarded windows. On my counters are batteries, candles, canned goods and random other things that I found while searching for hurricane prep list. I’ve done all the things I know to prepare including filling our bath tubs with water and putting my favorite photos and Bible in ziploc bags in totes.
We’ve moved everything around to fit our cars in the garage and removed all our outdoor items from our patios. We have random bags and bottles of water in our freezer. Even a cup of frozen water with a quarter on top to let us know if the temperature in the freezer drops to the point that our meat will go bad (thank you to whoever thought of that). Radios are set with extra batteries on top. Papers are filled out and tomorrow we will make an inventory of everything we own and the plan for our daughter if anything were to happen to my husband and I. I have to stop here just for a moment. That is painful. When someone asks if you have thought through that, it stings my mama heart so bad. The very thought of that had almost crippled me from making normal decisions. This is where I have to look back and remember the faithfulness of God. I had almost forgotten this week.
As most of you have heard Florida is prepping for one of the largest hurricanes we’ve ever seen. Larger than hurricane Harvey and larger than hurricane Andrew. This storm is actually wider than our state. That in itself might shake a person to think the worst. I can tell you that I really wasn’t shaken up until Tuesday when a man walked out of a store and followed me to find out how many cases of waters I have because no one could find water in stores. He wasn’t the only one I talked to about waters and other various missing supplies like bread, batteries, and canned goods that day. In a moment our city went from a vacation spot to the hunger games. This is when my faith was really starting to shake a little. The cherry on top is when the calls from loved ones started to pour in begging us to come to their houses in other states. The combination of it all was overwhelming. The moment when I allowed my fears to overwhelm me is the same moment that I walked in to my husbands office in our home and I asked him the one question that I think I’ve probably asked him a thousand times… “did we make a mistake?”. If you knew my husband you would laugh because you would be able to see the puzzling face he gave me. His eyebrow goes up and with a slight smirk that makes me some what question if he’s laughing at me or if he’s just trying to make me feel better about what I’m asking. He looked at me and calmly asked “Do you feel like we are supposed to go? “. It was in that moment that I realized I had lost myself in everyones chaos.
In my heart I knew it was better to stay. We had both felt like we were supposed to stay actually. It’s amazing how someones words can build your faith or bring fear. The Bible says faith come from hearing and hearing the Word of God…. I think if that’s how faith works fear probably does too. We all have to be careful in any and every storm we face that we are allowing the right tv shows, radio stations and people to speak in to us. That being said my husband and I talk for a while and then we started talking about all the storms we’ve faced and how faithful God has been. In times of need some how we ended up having more than enough. In times of sickness some how we received miracles. When we were heart broken God healed the pain. He is faithful and kind! We live in a world that is broken but we can trust a God that heals the broken. He even said He is close to the broken hearted. He loves us deeply. Through this storm and all the others that I’ll face in the future I chose to remember that… He is faithful! His word is true! Please pray for Florida as our state is facing a very big storm. Take time to thank God for all of His faithfulness and remember every time He has shown you His loving kindness.
Here a few scriptures I’m standing on and continue to stand on during all of life’s storms: