Friday, April 15, 2011
As many of you may have heard we had some terrible storms in Arkansas last night. Here in my own county, not far from one of my daughters, two people died when a tree fell on their mobile home. Those who died, a young man (24) and his 18 month old child, were sleeping while the storm raged, as were most of us in this area. This morning the world has been washed clean and the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day. Sometimes storms rage around us and even in us...not literal ones but storms just the same. My life has been blessed in so many ways but some days the mother in me worries desperately about her children...it doesn't seem to matter how old they are, a mother still worries if she's 102 and her child is 82 (not that I'm 102!) Some days I look at my home and I sputter and spit because this needs to be done and that needs to be done, windows replaced, floors refinished, flower beds cleaned out. The television comes on and the news is awful-gas prices above what we've ever paid, the cost of a loaf of bread soon to be out of sight, fighting in the middle east, starving people in Africa. Storms rage all around us. But I'm going to let last night's storm remind me that as bad as the storm is, morning does come. The sun will come out and the world will be washed clean and birds will sing. We will arise and face a new day and smiles will return. God is still in His Heaven.
Inside my house today a storm is going to rage and it's going to happen in my sewing room. I haven't been in there in over a week now..since I got home from a quilt retreat. Nothing is put away; in fact, more has been piled up as I picked up my clutter from other places in the house. I'm going to open the windows, let the sun shine in on me and the breeze blow through the house, and God and I will clean up from the storm in that room! What's this day going to bring you? Are you in the midwest where they're going to get snow storms today? Or in southern California where the weather will be perfect? Or somewhere else in the world where weather is going to play a part in your day?