Hurricanes spawn tornadoes…this is what devestated our town more than the hurricane, itself.
Hubby and I decided to visit the town we evacuated to during Hurricane Rita. While we were there, we met a wonderful pastor and found a wonderful church! We have thought of him and his wife through the years and stayed in contact off and on.
Tomorrow we will see them and it is like Christmas for me. That wonderful, loving church had a profound effect on us! As we were driving here, I began to see things I had long forgotten. It has been eight years since “Rita” and I was surprised I remembered as much as I did since we came here somewhat frantically so many years ago. We had heard about “Katrina” and saw on the news the devestation that storm brought. If it had not been for that, I don’t think any of us would have taken “Rita” as seriously as we did.
I recognized small towns, churches, schools, and other things along the way. As I saw them, a feeling of sadness came over me. I couldn’t choke back a small sob, as much as I tried. It was my son’s senior year, we were headed to a three bedroom house (and were praising God to get it) that would house 34 people during this evacuation. Children and dogs in tow, hubby and I prayed we would not be caught in the 24-26 hour traffic jams we were hearing about. Elderly people died in their cars during those traffic jams, because they ran out of gas and could not take the 106 degree heat.
It seemed no matter how far you could travel, the storm was massive and looked like it would cover all of Texas according to doppler radars! I didn’t know what would happen to our home, our family members that wouldn’t leave and stayed behind and, silly as it may sound, I thought of my husband’s office. What would happen with his job?
Our town’s people were spread out everywhere, including other states. I remembered being with my dear friend, who was like a sister to me, and her family. This trip she wasn’t with us and it saddened me as well. So much has changed in eight years. Some of the people who evacuated with us have died, sadly. I remember the camp sites we eventually came to and where everyone stayed as though it was yesterday. We purchased a travel trailer because we heard it would be at least six weeks before we could get back into our homes.
I remember when we started back for home after being evacuated for over 2 weeks, the signs at gas stations letting people know not to stop. They had no gas and wouldn’t be getting any for some time. It was like stepping into what I had heard about the “Great Depression” era.
The great “Piney Woods” was nothing but dying trees when we got back. Tornadoes had snapped them in two as though they were mere toothpicks. A fourth of my home was gone. But, God kept us through it all!
Today, we come to this quaint little town with joy! We will see our friends for the first time in eight years and under much happier circumstances. Since that time, God has poured out on my family blessing after blessing! While we were here the first time God gave me this scripture from Job.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
21 Acquaint now yourself with Him [agree with God and show yourself to be conformed to His will] and be at peace; by that [you shall prosper and great] good shall come to you.
22 Receive, I pray you, the law and instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.
When God showed me this scripture, it was as if He was prophesying it to me! The next day when we went to this particular church, the pastor stopped his message and said almost these same words, verbatim, to hubby and me! I knew something great was about to happen and it did!! Blessed beyond measure has been a reality for us! This scripture literally unfolded before us and came to pass!
My children have grown up since that hurricane. We have lived through another by the name of “Ike”, too. We have learned to trust God and lean not to our own understanding! What a great lesson that is when it becomes revelation!! God does pour out on you in ways you never knew existed. Not all rain that comes with storms is bad…with the storm God’s faithfulness and goodness comes pouring, too! Come what may, God is ready and we are blessed in the midst of it!
You are precious, dear reader! I appreciate you! See you soon! Simply, Juliana