I think this is fitting seeing as how we have experienced severe storms in the state of Texas and now another threatening the state of Florida.
Mother nature deals out some pretty messy stuff from time to time. We see storms of all sizes and intensities ranging from mild to extremely severe. They come in many different forms from rain, thunder, wind, snow, fire, etc. We know some of these storms can do major damage to our cities, our homes and businesses but, there are also those that are fairly mild, maybe not really a storm perse but, none the less an act of mother nature.
These mild storms can bring much needed rain in areas of drought. They can provide water for crops. They can replenish natural watering holes for the animals to drink from. There can be many benefits from these mild storms.
Unfortunately, with the more extreme, comes more potential for damage. And when these extreme storms present themselves in their most powerful states, things can be devastating by the time it is done. Landscapes can be changed, homes can be swept away, personal belongings lost and in some cases lives can be lost.
But, the storms mother nature deals us, be it a mild rain or a category 5 hurricane, do not last forever. They do subside. They do come to an end and the sun does shine again. Now in the severe cases, this is when clean up begins. People must begin to collect belongings, survey the damage and determine their next course of actions. In some cases only minor clean up is needed. In others as with a most recent hurricane in Texas, what is left behind seems almost impossible to recover from.
For many all seems but lost. History does show us though that recovery is not impossible. It may take a little while but, it is possible. Through the help friends, family, rescue personnel, volunteers etc., people slowly begin picking up and moving forward again. Cities and towns begin to revitalize. And although there may be areas or things that cannot be rebuilt, these remnants help us to remember what happened. But, they also give us something to look back on and see how far we have come.
Now, in our lives we go through many personal storms. I myself have been through my share. I expect that I have not seen my last one by any means. Just as with mother nature, the storms we go through in life can range from something very mild. Maybe it is just like a spring rain. Just enough to point you in a certain direction. Then of course there are those major storms that carry with it damage, devastation, grief, heartache, etc.
These storms can change our lives forever. They can change us as a person. They can change our direction in life completely. Like some of mother nature’s storms, the storms of our lives can come unexpectedly. Others may come with warnings. The ones that come unexpectedly, we are left to begin gathering our thoughts and picking up the pieces after the storm has passed. For the ones that may have warning signs, if we heed those warnings, much of the potential damage can be avoided.
Now, I will be the first to admit, there have been times that I did not heed the warnings. But, what I will say is the times that I have, much has been avoided. These storms also bring with them lessons. A meteorologist studies and analyzes the storms mother nature brings us to try and learn about them. They learn how they form, how they react to certain conditions. We can learn a lot from the storms we go through if we allow ourselves. They can provide insight, wisdom and a new direction.
I have learned a lot from the storms of my life. I wish I could say it didn’t take more than once for me to learn whatever it was but, the fact is, it took many times in some cases. As painful as some of them have been, I am truly grateful for them and what they have taught me. It is never fun during the storms but, they too, do come to an end. And at the end, depending on the severity, there will be more clean up at times then others.
When the storms have subsided and you feel as though you have been hit by a ton of bricks, just as with the recovery from mother nature, there are resources to help you. There is family, friends, co-workers, pastors and many more people that are our there willing to help. Although it may seem at times like you are alone, you are not. There will always be many more people willing to help that you think. I have felt that way a time or two and was just amazed at the people that truly love and care about others.
So, you will experience some storms in your life. However mild or sever it may be, learn from it. Do the clean up (with help if necessary) and stay strong because,
the storms will not last forever, they will end and the sun will come out again.
Always stay positive, keep your head up, your feet pointed forward and keep moving.
“Looking behind you is not a bad thing if you are only looking to see how far you have come”
Until next time…