Prep & Pray

My thoughts are all over the place today, and I’m sure many in our area feel the same. I’m trying to piece together (while making sense) what it’s like to live in a Hurricane disaster area year after year after year.

First of all an evacuation is not a vacation.

It’s not fun.
It’s costly.
It’s worrisome.
It’s extremely unsettling.

Why do people continue to live in our area when year after year hurricanes devastate our land and homes? Because it is home, and our roots run deep. Because the men and women here keep this country going. The refineries that line the Gulf of Mexico are instrumental to America.

What is it like for everyone living here now? It’s a waiting game. You prep and you pray. You check social media to see where your friends are. You keep news notifications turned on so that you are alerted when the storm trend changes. You are literally glued to some type of device – that’s just the way it is.

If you evacuated you stay up all night long watching the news bracing yourself for the impending destruction. If you decided to hunker down at home you stay up all night praying that your house and yourself survive.

But when the sun rises and the winds die down we will come together just like we’ve done storm after storm. Churches will literally be the hands and feet of Jesus, and the Cajun Navy will run as smoothly as a Chick-fil-A drive through helping as many people as humanly possible.

And we know:

We will rebuild.
We will keep going.
We will survive.

And come next August we may or may not do this all over again.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2

In the Eye of the Storm

Last year when Mrs. Imelda unexpectedly did what she did, my momma sent me the following message, “Remember, people are looking to Christians to see how they handle this. Be the light.”

I’ll never forget that.

As Laura looms over us, I keep playing those words over and over in my mind. As fear and anxiety try and take over every ounce of my being the following song keeps playing deep within my heart. I’m choosing to cling to these lyrics. Maybe they will help you as well.

🎶 In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm🎶

He is in control of the storms, and He will help us control our emotions -if we let him.

I’m praying for our homes. I’m praying for my precious new school that just finished construction two weeks ago from Imelda. But most of all, I’m praying for our hearts and minds to be strong in the Lord. I’m praying that through this storm, and every storm, that we can in fact be the light.

He remains in control, y’all.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10