Ch-ch-ch-changes: reflections in the wake of a tornado

5 May

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Last week a tornado ripped through our lives. It didn’t just affect our community, it tore apart our entire state, home after home and heart by heart. It dramatically altered the landscape of Tuscaloosa, one of my own hometowns, and the main artery of many people’s lifelines in a large portion of this state having made so many memories in the city center at the University of Alabama. A large swath of the town is now rubble, unfortunately a large percentage of it uninsured victims who cannot afford to rebuild their lives and must now depend on others to help get them back on their feet. Unfortunately, this natural disaster did not stop here. Now known as the deadliest state for tornadoes, we had over 200 deaths in our state from this one day of multiple conformed tornadoes and hundreds of warnings, with the state’s only EF-5 tornado ripping through our state, only 1.5 miles from my son’s school, for a length of 135 miles. For 5 days afterwards we were without power, cable, phone or any type of communication, and now, even with these items restored, we are on water and power conservation and our city curfew has only now been lifted. It has been a scary time indeed.

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Through all of this, our local and state officials have been amazing. They have been swift in making decisions and thoroughly communicative. They have kept a sense of calm and a presence of leadership. They have been realistic and forthcoming about the nature of what we should expect. They have appealed for help at every level without making us appear helpless and defeated; rather, they have rallied us together to form a bond of unity throughout our state as never before. In the midst of it all, there has been an undercurrent of faith and a dependence on God, even in secular areas and government. It has been comforting.

Our family has had a chance to come together and help others. We stuck around and helped here and then spent a day volunteering in our community to spend some hands-on time to help those who lost everything they owned. It was a great way to give back. We felt spared by the skin of our teeth as we left school the day of the storms, watching a tornadic storm literally follow us home, as we fled to safety away from harm. Helping others was one way we could thank God for getting us out of harm’s way and add back to the greater good.

We’ve also had a chance to realize how much God has a message in everything…in every little and big way of life. The smallest things are a chance to bring glory to God. We want to look for them more in every day.

Life in our home is dramatic on a daily basis, and I really mean that. Something seems to happen every day that is of some seismic proportion. Today it was on spin cycle. Sometimes it is on a smaller global scale, but the message is always just as loud and clear.

For this reason, I want to change my blog up a bit. I have struggled with what to write and how to say it. I’ve struggled with a lot of things over the past couple of years. But I think things are coming together for me a bit clearer now. With a lot of things. So I’m changing the landscape a bit, on a lot of home fronts, and on this blog too.

There will always be storms in our lives. Hopefully they will not be as destructive as the storms on April 27, 2011 were for so many families who lost lives and property. But no matter the size of the storm, we must rely on God to show our storms how big our God is, and face the storms with a faith that is bigger that the storm and bigger than our earthly losses, and show everyone around us a bigger glory, that of a faithful God who can bring us through it.

And so, we press on, friends. For this blog we will press on to here. I hope you will join me in a more focused and faithful journey.

“Daily Drama in the Glamorous Life”

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