The last few weeks have been kind of rough in my neck of the woods. We’ve had rainy and stormy weather for weeks and my sinuses cannot handle the pressure. I’ve had issues with my eyes and my insurance company thinks $400 is a reasonable price for a prescription that will give me some relief. I haven’t slept. Nothing overwhelming, just every day problems that make you question your sanity. Who can relate?
But sometimes something happens that gives you a dose of perspective. If you follow the news you may have seen that Kentucky was hit with freak severe weather this week- flash flooding, hail, tornadoes, and major wind damage. One of our eastern counties suffered insurmountable loss: two confirmed dead and six others missing due to flash flooding. These poor people had little warning and I cannot fathom what their families must be feeling; it’s unimaginable as I type it now. Many in the county watched as their homes were swept away. Their lives changed in seconds. And yet one man who lost his home said all he felt was gratitude that his family was safe.
I know this is difficult to read but it has yet to leave my mind. As I’ve struggled with life’s ups and downs, I can’t help but be thankful that I am HERE. I am grateful that we had shelter from the storm. I am grateful that my family is safe. Others are picking up the pieces of their shattered lives as I sit on my couch and write this post. I am suddenly overcome with gratitude for my “problems.” Life is unfair and confusing a lot of the time.
We all go through difficult seasons, whether we’re dealing with loss, illness, lack of employment, money struggles, a breakup, infertility, or loneliness. There are times we’ll ask God why. I’m not sure that we’ll ever know the answer. I don’t know why I was safe at work while others were washed away by the storm. I don’t know why our home remains standing while others crumbled under the wind or flood water. I don’t know why a devastating storm obliterates one town while leaving the next unscathed. I don’t know how some go on after facing tragedy.
|Calm after the storm.|
But I do know that even through our darkest times there are blessings. There can be calm after the storm. It is darkest before the dawn. Life doesn’t always go as expected and things get tricky. All we can do is readjust and adapt and hope tomorrow is a better day.
How do you get through tough times?