I managed to get to my prayer chair for this post but it took some navigating. All our patio furniture is carefully stacked well, crammed is a more accurate word.....into our dining room. The garage is full as well with all our potted plants, recycling bins, trash cans and lawn ornaments.
Our water and non-perishable food items are in place. We've located flashlights and batteries. We cleaned out the refrigerator. Important papers are secured. All the laundry is clean. I even bathed the dog and vacuumed.
Frank and I came home around 5 today and I prepared a wonderful hot meal. We may not be privileged to enjoy many of those for the next few days.
Yes, Hurricane Irma is slowly churning toward us. And we've done our best to be prepared.
Hurricanes are part of living in FL. If you live in New York, you know blizzards. If you live in California, you know earthquakes. If you live in Kansas, you know tornadoes. If you live in Arizona you know haboobs. (Ha-whats??! That's what they call dust storms. Yeah, caught me off guard the first time, too.)
In Florida, you just know all the lovely sunshine will eventually give way to the wind, rain, tornadoes and flooding associated with hurricanes at some point. So you do your very best to be prepared.
But our Governor, Rick Scott, has made abundantly clear that Irma isn't your average, run of the mill storm. If fact, it's been called the most massive storm Florida has ever encountered.
Driving home today I saw something that immediately struck a note with me. A board of plywood was hanging from one corner and providing absolutely NO protection for the window it should have covered.
The home looked deserted so it was unlikely anyone would be coming back to fix the problem. Whoever attached the plywood must have rushed not doing the job thoroughly and it took only a small steady breeze to knock the wood loose.
It was especially disturbing for me because we weren't able to obtain any plywood for our windows. By the time we finished taking care of all that needed to be done for the church, there wasn't any more available.
Well, I take that back. Frank found a few sheets of plywood but the individual was selling them for three times the normal price. No Thanks!
As we drove on, I pondered that lovely piece of now useless plywood just hanging there.
Someone went to great effort to purchase and deliver the needed protection for their home. (May I just add here, there's only one way to fully protect your windows during a hurricane and that's to cover them completely.)
What the homeowner needs was provided but it won't do them any good at all because it hasn't been put in place. The answer for the coming storm is right there and it can't help at all.
Truth is, that's just like your life and mine, dear friend. This is a broken world full of storms and uncertainties. But there is help for us.
The One who made us, has gone to great effort to provide the answer we need. He's provided a wonderful form of protection. All we have to do is accept the work He has done; covering us completely. (May I add, there's only One who gave His life for us. Following Christ is the only way to be fully protected in this life.)
After the storm, that homeowner will undoubtedly think, "Why didn't I follow up on this?! I thought I was prepared. The protection for my home was sitting right there but it wasn't properly applied!"
Tomorrow morning, Frank and I will drive over to our church where we'll stay for the duration of this storm. We have several church members who needed a safe place away from potential flooding and manufactured homes. So, we'll make a memory together.
All of us here in Florida would appreciate your prayers, dear friends. And please take a moment to consider my story about being prepared for the storms we all face. The help you need is available, just ask the One who cares most.