Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Have You Been Through A Storm? Part 2

So the storm passed through our neighborhood. Wind, hail, and rain. Wind and hail leave behind a lot of debris. After a storm, the cleanup must begin.

By the time I was able to start cleaning up our yard, one neighbor had almost finished clearing the debris from his yard all by himself. Another neighbor was making great progress with hers. These two had come through the storm and where calling on their own strength to get the mess cleaned up.

One neighbor baffled me because I didn't see any activity at their home and they are conscientious...then a truck pulled up and out climbed the husband, son, and another man and all three went to work immediately and cleaned that yard up immaculately.

Another neighbor was out with his wife and they were working together to get through the mess. Then the husband continued his cleanup process into another neighbors yard...even offering advice on how to make it easier for this neighbor to get her yard cleaned up. That adviced helped so much that the helped neighbor went across the street to help another older woman who was trying to get it done by herself.

There are many ways to clean up after a storm. You can try to do it alone. You may HAVE to do it alone. You can call on others to come in and help. You can reach out and work with a neighbor.

The storms of life are the same way. When you go through rough times, there is usually clean-up to be done. If you have a financial storm, you'll need to reorganize your finances. If you go through a health storm, you may need to change your eating/health habits. If you go through a marriage storm, you may have to start over alone. Whatever storm you go through, you'll need to address the debris the storm leaves behind.

Where will you find your help to clean up the debris? Will you continue to rely on yourself? Or will you reach out to those that our Loving Lord has placed in your life to help you make it through? And most of all, will your recognize that our Loving Lord is the ultimate helper that can help you clean up any mess that the storms have left behind?

Deuteronomy 31:8 (New International Version) The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."


Sharon said...

I wrote this post on Sunday for posting today. Little did I know that many Virginia Tech families would be living through such a 'storm' today. If you read this blog, even if you don't know anyone associated with VT (I don't either), please keep all those families in your prayers. Especially the family of the shooter...the shooter was someone's son too!

Connie Barris said...

AMEN.. and the hardest thing that will have to happen as a Christian is for us to forgive the shooter...

But we will have to...

My bestfriend was murdered and I can't begin to tell you the freedom the day I forgave the man that took her life....