When Is a Personal Storm a Gift?



I am bummed by Harvey. In case you’ve been on some other planet this week Harvey is a storm, a hurricane headed for Texas. I was supposed to visit grandchildren, but oh no, Harvey interfered.

Makes me wonder how we so often think we have everything under our control. Then the storm hits. And we realize Mother Nature is laughing at us. Or life has other plans.

The silver lining in this cloud is that we do have to alter our well-laid plans and take another look at our activities. Sometimes our lives are interrupted with seriously unwelcome events. We are not in control and we learn it is a gift.

Browning Ware was pastor at Calder Baptist Church, Beaumont in the 1960’s. He wrote a column for almost fifty years called Diary of a Modern Pilgrim. His daughter, Camille Ware Kress, compiled them into a book by the same name. I like what he has to say when asked why he considered his heart attack a gift.

“I learned that each day is a gift. None of us can say we deserve to live. Yes, each day is God’s gift.” He goes on to tell the reader-I also learned that many of my priorities were misplaced. Making a living had become more important than making a life. Family, friends and spiritual matters were being shoved further down on my list of important considerations.”

Harvey will hit. It may hit hard. And yet once the rains and winds are over our lives will go on pretty much the same. We will repair the damages. We will talk about the troubles of weathering another storm.

The question is will we learn to embrace each day as a gift?

Gail smiling in purple suitI raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online.


One comment

  1. Great reminder, Gail! Hope you’re safe!

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