The Wait & The Storm
God has a great way of molding us. Especially when we specifically ask for him to intervene and change our ways.
A couple of weeks back I was writing in my journal my prayer request. As of recent, I had felt more impatient than usual, (mind you I am already anxious) I decided to ask God to help me! Did I say He has a great way of molding us? Well, I didn’t think so when he gave me five days to practice patience.
The patience I had requested was not pouring out of me. Yup, I was impatient about the Hurricane. For the next two and a half day, Friday and Saturday, I did nothing but sit in silence and stew. Because God does not give you patience, Oh no, He gives you opportunities to practice patience. I had just hit the Jackpot of opportunity. But I failed miserably!
Then God Stepped In
I had everything but patience; I was angry, doubtful, frustrated, and worried.I was fighting the war in my mind about the feeling of the storm. It was all inside me, churning inside my brain and I did not want anyone to know how I felt. I was angry that I had to spend money that I don’t have. Since it was still two days away and it was unpredictable went shifting from east to west, I doubt that the storm was not coming as they forecasted. In turn, the doubt would frustrate me because I might have spent a lot of money on things I may not need. Then I would worry that it was coming and that I was not entirely ready, but then I would bother that I was over prepared.
On Friday morning in the middle of my battlefield in my mind, I had a clear thought. I recalled a bible story of Joseph interpreting a dream for Pharaoh. I did not remember the exact story I just recalled Joseph told Pharaoh that there would be seven years of famine. That Pharaoh should prepare beforehand when there were seven years of prosperity.
“Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.” Genesis 41:29-30
Right at that moment I just became silent and still. In my heart I knew what God was telling me, I was ready, and I just needed to be still and trust in Him. I decided to stop watching, listening, or reading the news till Saturday night. Hurricane Irma was expected to make landfall on Sunday morning; I had my weather radio on, I did not need the next couple of days to watch the news. He will tell me when to be ready to hunker down, and I just need to sit and wait.
That was precisely what I did! I even told my husband not to talk to me about it or bring it up when I am around.There was no text or call my sister so that I would not be tempted to look or talk about it.The goal was to do nothing for the next two-half days, that was out of my ordinary, typical Florida day.
The Storm is Here
After five and half days of various stages of preparing and waiting Hurrican Irma made her appearance.
It was 6:30 pm and the first warning came over the weather radio, a Tornado Warning was issued till 7:15 pm. We all went to the designated safety room; we huddled in my bathroom till 7:15 pm. By 8:45 pm the lights started to flicker, we unplugged all our electronics, and I pulled out the FM/AM battery-powered radio from the emergency supply bin. For the rest of the night that was our source of information, it was the best investment I made apart from the weather radio.
By 9:20 pm the wind picked up, the palm tree outside my window was blowing to one side, and few shingles from the roof had fallen. At 10:25 pm the weather radio went off with another Tornado Warning till 10: 45 pm. Once again we all went straight to the bathroom to hunker down. Once over we went back to the living room where we had placed mattresses so we may all stay together through the night.
I finally went to sleep around midnight, but it was a restless sleep. The winds from Hurrican Irma were powerful; my window sounded like it was going to explode. Every once in a while an angry gust of wind would rush past our home, and my heart would skip with fear. I would cling to my husband and pray, my mind was calm, but my fear was felt deep in my heart. Thankfully, we had no other Tornado Warning the rest of the night.
At 7:30 am, we all woke up, the storm was still raging outside, but we had passed the worst of it, and we were safe.
God is Almighty
I am so thankful that words could never describe the way I feel. The damage to my home is so minimal that it could be done in under a day. We never lost power, water, and no one was hurt.
Unfortunately, not every place in Florida was as fortunate.
It is hard for me to finish this post as I write I feel a sense of guilt. I know that I should not feel that way, which I should praise my lord for his blessing and that’s it. That is what I will do!
I finish this post with links to sites that can use donations to aid all Hurricane survivors. Including Hurrican Harvey and the people in the Carribean who have so much destruction and minimal resources.
Give in any way you can, pray if you can’t give, that God may bless the contributions and multiply them.
I will do both. If you are a person that has been affected in any way by the storms, please tell me in the comments how I may help you and pray for you. I don’t want anyone in need to stay quiet. I would love to bless you!
God Bless and Like always, I love you, and you matter to me!
Donate, Pray, and Bless
Please Give what you can! Pray if you can’t. Or do both so that God will bless each organization individually that they may grow and bless abundantly.
DONATE to the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund. Raise funds and help rebuild communities in the wake of this unprecedented devastation.
Please support disaster relief services for Hurricane Irma by making a financial donation to the American Red Cross.
It takes an army to fight a battle on two fronts. That’s why we’re on the ground in Houston and ready with more forces in Florida. Our food trucks are mobilized to feed thousands of victims and first responders. Our disaster relief team is setting up shelters for survivors to rest and recover. And we’re always there to lend a hand to help, a shoulder to cry on – to give a hug or words of hope – to pray with you and for everyone you love. And we won’t stop when the flooding stops. We’ll remain until the healing is complete until all this devastation is but a memory.
In a battle between disaster and hope, hope always wins. And having an army doesn’t hurt.
Hurricane season has forced the most vulnerable children into even more danger. Their homes have been destroyed, and their schools have been disrupted. UNICEF is responding to catastrophic storms and disasters like Hurricane Irma.
We put children first in emergencies, committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable kids in the world. In response to a disaster, UNICEF helps ensure that affected children and families can get clean water, that there are safe spaces for children, that education and health services can continue, and that necessary humanitarian supplies are distributed.
UNICEF is on the ground across the Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricane Irma with pre-positioned staff and supplies. We also stand prepared to support the needs of children affected in Florida as called upon.
Your gift will help support the needs of children affected by devastating hurricanes.
Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever measured in the Atlantic and has caused catastrophic damage. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary relief and recovery efforts from this storm in the US and Caribbean.
Save the Children is mobilizing teams and supplies to reach children and families worst affected by the storm, including Child-Friendly Space kits to be used in shelters after the storm passes to give kids a safe place to play and read away from the stress of the situation. Also, baby and toddler items such as pack and play cribs, strollers, baby wash basins and infant hygiene supplies are being procured to help families who had to evacuate without needed items for their children.
Help for the animals of Hurricane Irma
Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. Florida mobilizes and deploys resources to assist those responding to and recovering from disasters.
In response to Hurricane Irma, Volunteer is mobilizing volunteers to staff our state’s shelters and other disaster relief organizations.