There are storms caused by the weather and there are storms of life. I have been dealing with both the last several days. The outside storm was that of snow, freezing rain and ice. That meant power outages, which meant no internet or smartphone. Cut off. My world became cold, dark, and silent. I experience a world without social media! Not always a bad thing, except when you are an artist with websites, a blog and social media business sites.
Well, my power is back on, but not my internet connection. My Mother has a different internet provider, so I am “borrowing” her computer to post this. I feel so blessed to finally have heat and a cold refrigerator. The neighbors bought a generator and let us put our food in their extra refrigerator and kept bringing hot food over to us. One day I hope to get caught up on the ordinary things that most people grumble about doing, like dishes and laundry. I made a promise to myself (probably a foolish one) that I would not grumble about doing those household chores again.
However bad the weather gets; the storms of life can be equally devastating. Health problems, dealing with Covid-19 restrictions, making connections with service personal that are dealing with the storm aftereffects and Covid-19, pets that do not understand why their comfortable routine was interrupted, not knowing when I will get my car back (long story), and… Need I go on?
Yet through all of this, there have been blessings. Rays of light in a dark time. A neighbor coming over with a plate of hot food, a personal heat source in the form of a cat sleeping on my lap, having a solar/crank radio for music, a late Valentine’s Day card from a friend. The greatest blessing and ray of hope through all of this has been the Word of God, especially Psalm 23 and 91. To know that I am never alone, not forgotten and loved by God has been my strength in all of the storms I have gone through.
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