When I was going to write this letter from the editor I had a completely different topic to write about.
Then, in a blink of an eye, it changed.
It's funny how things can change within minutes, or even seconds. I guess that is what keeps life so interesting. Hurricane Harvey is a prime example of how one event can shatter someone’s life. But, it doesn’t take a catastrophic event to realize how short life is. You may be dealing with a life-shaking event yourself, you may feel like you are picking up pieces of a never-ending storm.
Hold tight, every storm has an ending point where the sun will begin to shine.
My heart hurts for those who were affected by this horrific storm. One of my best friends could not get in touch with his parents who lived in Rockport and weathered the storm. To see the fright on his and his wife’s face when they were left with uncertainty was terrifying. All we could do was pray. Thank God they were ok.
In a time of uncertainty, you really start to re-evaluate your life. The things you should have said, the things you should have done...
Most of us take the littlest things for granted, myself included. Going to bed in my own bed every night, being able to walk on my own two feet, my eye sight, being able to provide a good meal for my family - these things become a routine, a cliché - instead of a blessing. How many times have you taken the smallest things for granted? It is somewhat like that saying, “You never know how much you used your hands until you can’t anymore," or "you never know what you had until its gone.”
God gives us our days as blessings, not routines. Hurricane Harvey has slapped me back into reality to see what is really important. Material things can be replaced, but our days cannot. In times of tragedy, it is reassuring to see people come together to help those in need. To think how quickly these peoples lives have been changed within a 24-hour period. We need to come together to help those in need when lives have been turned upside down and bring good to a bad situation.
Whether you were affected by Hurricane Harvey or maybe you are dealing with a different type hurricane - not filled with wind and rain, but other problems. You may feel like giving up. You may be be dealing with battles that are destroying you, others around you, and you want to just give up.
Remember, the mind of the human is like the fertile soil; whatever seeds you put into the soil will determine your harvest. We must plant our seeds in the hope of the Lord, not only in times when tragedy strikes but every day.
Do not lose hope. Whatever storm you are battling - Category 1 or Category 5 - know that God will continue dealing with us and teach us how to stay calm and peaceful in the midst of the storm. Everything may fade, but God will always remain constant and he will bless you for your troubles. All you have to do is remain faithful.
Life is hard, life isn’t fair, but God is fair, and God will always stand firm not matter the force of the wind.
In times of tragedy or throughout calm, please remember to lend a helping hand to those in need. Everyone is going through battles you know nothing about. So be kind, help when you can, do not judge, and put all differences aside. Life is too short, and tomorrow everything can change. Remember what is important.
Prayers to all those impacted by Harvey, and prayers to all those who are facing hurricanes of their own.