The Other Side Of The Storm!

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Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I wanted to update everyone and say thank you sooooo very much for your prayers and concerns for our safety here in Houston, Tx.  Thanks to Liz especially for keeping tabs on me…it helped so much to have phone calls from friends and family…even if it was just voicemails due to irregular signals and what not…

I was pretty much at peace about the whole thing because I knew who was in control.  My son, however, had never experienced a Hurricane or anything like it before, so I pretty much focused on him, for the most part…we went and got some food and supplies and a few fun things to do (board games) while we sat and waited for the oncoming storm.  The worst part of the storm did not actually reach us till about 3 am.  We were sort of asleep in my walk-in closet. It seemed like the sounds of the wind and rain were magnified in there.  I was up and down all morning checking outside…eerie colors and sounds made my heart beat fast, so I went back to check on my son, who thankfully was sound asleep.   The next day and evening was rain, rain, rain, and lots of thunder. It made my building shake.  Spent the day Saturday playing ‘Sorry’, ‘Battleship’, ‘Pirates of the Carribean Life’ (very interesting game-Ahoy matey!) and sleeping, good to catch up on rest.

 

Went out a little Sunday morning to just look around, was like driving through a damaged ghost town.  Trees on houses, power-lines down, stop lights hanging down to the ground, limbs, and debris all over the roads, broken glass and very few people on the road.  Everything was noticed by my son.

 

Sunday night was my first full nights’ sleep as I was staying at a friend’s house because we had no power since Saturday very early am.  My son and I live in an apartment and the whole area was without power including stores, gas stations, and restaurants.  I took my food from the freezer to my friend’s house so it would not spoil; her mother brought her food over so it would not spoil.  We had so much food, almost felt guilty.  We cooked for 6 and it felt good to feel somewhat normal.

 Her mother and I have been friends for a long time; we met at our church years ago.  We have been involved with many ministries and projects together and now we were hanging out, keeping each other company.  Taking care of our families.

 I am now back in my house…power and water came on in my apartment complex Monday evening which was a great relief.  I returned to work today for which I was very grateful to be able to get out of my home.  The place where I work was damaged and we could not return until they finished their repairs. I am sure you have seen some of the damage to the office buildings in Houston and ours was dealing with the same. 

Our ability to get out and about has also been impacted by the gas shortages. Many have had to wait up to two or three hours to get gas.  I got out first thing yesterday to make sure I had a full tank to go back to work…I waited 20 minutes.  God was merciful!

It was very disconcerting being disconnected from the world.  Not
knowing exactly what was going on around me. Not having a television with the choice of many different news channels reporting important information.  With limited radio access, I felt cut off to some extent.  The phone calls from friends and family offered some info, was more comforting than informative.

My laptop crashed the day before the storm and was in the shop to be repaired so I did not even have that… Monday evening was the first day that I was able to see the news stories about Galveston and Houston so it is rather surreal to know there is so much devastation just on the other side of the city… (I live about 30 miles North West of Houston)

I think if you asked me how this event has impacted my life I would have to say it has made me realize how unprepared I am for some things in my life.
I have been through other “storms” of life that have left me standing in
the middle of total devastation so compared to those storms this was like a rainy day with a few inconveniences.

 I did not lose everything I own as those in Galveston.  I did not even go without food or have to stay in a shelter with strangers uncertain when I could return to my home and afraid of what would be found.  During the days after the “eye of the Hurricane” passed over, there was something stirring inside me…I would describe it as helplessness…that is what a “storm” in ones life brings you to.

 

Total dependence on something or someone else.  If I had dwelled on that thought it would have unleashed fear, paranoia, panic, and desperation.  But the one thought that kept the helplessness at bay was “you know the One who created you and all that you see, the One who controls the wind and sea” as I wrote about in the last entry. (Miracles, Miracles, Miracles and then the storm!) Today as I opened up my office, preparing for a work day I changed my devotion calendar to today’s date…it said

We don’t live on spiritual highs.  When we feel all is lost, we can will to
trust God. 

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in
You” Psalm 56:3

 

God gave me that thought because I have a relationship with Him. I know His love, His grace and His hand of mercy in my life.  I know that because He has been the faithful one in our relationship, He has, over and over, shown me that He has never left me, He has never forsaken me.  I pray that for those who do not know Him that they will meet Him during these long days of recovery.  I am grateful to be on the other side of the storm and extremely thankful for our safety.  God is good all the time!!!!

Again, thank you all so very
much if you lifted us in prayer!!!

Grace to you all…

Shell

 

As a side note…my son and I got to continue our discussion on God during the last few days.  He has seen His hand through others at school and through this event.  It made me smile!