Sunday, April 17, 2011

Finding God

Several weeks ago I had a few hours to myself, so I decided to relax and watch the Julia Roberts movie "Eat, Pray, Love". This movie really spoke to me and I came away wanting to see more of God in my life.

I have been so caught up in Etsy, in selling my work, in my day job, in my personal life, and in my own melancholy; that I had literally lost sight of God in my life.  I wanted to "experience" God again.

I prayed, I sought advise, and then I promptly got caught up in the daily drama again. So why am I writing this tonight on Palm Sunday? I found God. It was not where I was expecting, but none the less I see God.

Yesterday we had a line of VERY severe storms pass through our area. The line produced multiple tornadoes, some of which stayed on the ground for 150-200 miles. That is unheard of in our area. It simply does not happen around here.

One tornado pass near our house, about 10 miles to the north west of us. That same tornado did this to a local Lowe's Home Improvement store a little south of our county.

So why then with all this destruction do I say I finally see God? 

From looking at the photos, and knowing this happened around 3pm on a Saturday, you would expect the worst case scenario here. Instead no one was badly hurt when the tornado hit that warehouse.

The manager was outside glancing across the road at exactly the right time to see the storm coming.  He managed to get everyone into a tiny room in the back of the store just as the storm hit the store. There were no lallygags, no daredevils trying to see what was going on. Everyone cooperated and made it safely through the tornado in the back of that store.

In any scenario involving multiple people, I recognize that the chance of something going wrong increases dramatically. So it makes it much easier for me to see God's hand at work in this event, in the fact that everyone made it out of that store safely. This is where I found God, in the fact that everything went right so that those people were safe.

The storm system did take a total (as of the writing) of 22 lives. My heart and thoughts go out to those people suffering as a result of this system. In the next few weeks and months, the clean up process will continue around the Raleigh, NC area. I am just hoping I can continue to see the tiny miracles that God has delivered to the people of NC in this storm.

3 comments:

  1. What a profound post.

    GOD held his handle over that little room in the back and gave the manager the composer to quickly gain the trust of those in the store.

    Thanks you for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes it is easier for me to see God when everything is upside down.

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  3. That was a great post, and you really did see God and that is wonderful, we had a sermon on Sunday that things happen for a reason, and that there is a plan to what ever goes on, even in disasters.

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