I don’t know how things are in your neck of the woods, but here in Texas we’ve been getting a LOT of rain lately.
One of the things I like about living in this day and age is the ability to see where the rain is falling at any given time.
I have this app on my phone that’s attached to one of the local TV stations. It’s also connected to a national radar network. That means I can tap that sucker on and see where the storms are.
It’s important to remember my main source of income is driving semis all over the place. Our storms don’t always play nice neither.
Hail can pile up and ice a road in no time. Wind can knock a rig on its side mooee pronto. Tornadoes can set a semi in someone’s back 40 before the wicked witch shows up in the windshield.
Yeah, this is some serious stuff here folks.
That mini radar on my phone helps me a great deal.
I’ve been known to take an extra long break just to let a storm pass on up ahead of me. I’d much rather be late than not get there at all.
I’ve been stuck in some long backups from folks who didn’t take such a precaution…or just a caution if they refused to plan ahead. Those wrecks did NOT look pretty.
Lately I’ve been “lucky” to avoid any major storms on the roadways. My personal life is another matter all together.
With counselling and planning some life storms can be avoided. Proper nutrition and exercise can forestall some health issues. Following wise advice can help avoid some bad choices in financial and relationship issues.
But, some storms just have to be lived through by some people.
I don’t understand why some couples have to endure the death of a child.
I hate to hear of kids being kidnapped and never heard from again.
It tears my heart out when a woman has to decide what to do with a child conceived by rape.
My personal bankruptcy was so long ago now I’ve lived past the repercussion of it, still it was not fun to live through.
My divorce still leaves me shaking my head. There was no biblical grounds by either of us just a decision by one of us.
I’ve lost jobs over things that should have been a simple warning.
It makes me look up and ask God that three word prayer, “WHY?”
I seldom get a direct reply from the almighty. I don’t really expect one. God doesn’t answer to me. I must trust Him.
I’m on a few prayer lists. Often people ask for a positive result from a medical test. I don’t usually pray that way.
I’ve heard of too many folks who have endured cancer treatments with the same statement.
“I wouldn’t have wished for that to happen to me, but I’m glad it did since I’m so much closer to God now than I’ve ever been in my life.”
It reminds me of a story told after World War 2. A farmer went to a monastery and asked the monks to pray for the bombs to miss his farm as the fighting drew close. They said they couldn’t do that, but they would pray for God’s will.
The farmer was furious at God when one of the bombs exploded in one of his pastures…until the unexpected happened. Water filled the depression left by the bomb. His cattle now had relief from the drought they were experiencing.
God’s ways are not our ways. We don’t call the shots. No matter what the humanists say.
A year from now I hope to look back and be thankful for the life situation I find myself in…even if none of the plans I have in my mind occur.
This life isn’t about me remaining happy or healthy.
It’s about becoming more like Jesus every day.
It’s supposed to draw me closer to my heavenly Father each step of the way.
Prosperity seldom does that for anybody.
Endure your storms my friends.
Cling to God’s strength when yours is gone.
Trust Him more than the plan in place.
I’ll see you later. Wade