THANK YOU,GOD, THANK YOU!
This morning is a quiet, rainy, Sabbath Day — and our home is still here. In fact, the bath tub is still filled with water — to be used if the water system was shut off or destroyed. The sounds of the SIREN have gone — the siren that went off yesterday at 6:00 a.m. to WARN US of a possible tsunami — a BIG tsunami.
The quiet, gentle, tsunami has come and gone — pulling water out of our bay and then flowing in again. Thank YOU, God!
And the tsunami of adrenalin inside me has come and gone, too — leaving me AWARE of all sorts of things. Certainly I am far more aware that nothing here on Earth lasts. You would think Earthquakes would make that point — and they do, sort of. But the FEELING that my HOME might be WASHED AWAY — EVERYTHING GONE — that feeling is a true wake up call. Yes, BIG FEARS are useful.
I am mindful of 2 Chronicles 7:14:
if my people, who are called by my name,
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin
and will heal their land.
But, what, God, does that LOOK LIKE in MY DAILY LIFE?
I remember thinking, as I left with Kit and my computer, for a friends’ home higher up our valley — Gosh, and I’d JUST cleaned and readied our two guest rooms, too. Now, I know, God, that preparing guest rooms for guests is not a foolish waste of time. But, it makes me think WHAT LASTS? C.S. Lewis responded by saying WE LAST! Friendships last — Family lasts — all that is GIVEN to YOU lasts. Yes, and I am here — here NOW — asking You for help in how my life — my daily waking around life — could change. OH! Not so much change for You — as RESPOND to You! Thank YOU!