Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mercy Storm

Thank God for battery-operated alarm-clocks. That's what wakes us up. Going on 14 hours with no electricity. No water.  Last time this happened we wondered if there might be some merit to our Amish neighbors' way of life.  They were probably unaffected by the storm. 

We should've been Amish, we joke.

We lay there listening to the steady breathing of our two little refugees camped out on the floor next to our bed.  Mid-dawn moments bring clarity to the previous evening's close-call. 

I just keep trying to remember what kept me at work for those last two minutes.  Why didn't I leave two minutes earlier? I can't for the life of me remember why. 

He whispers the what-if and the almost-reality hits me hard.  There had been a storm.  A tornado that ripped apart 12 miles of our community in a few breathtaking moments.  If he had been two minutes earlier, he could've easily been right smack in the middle of it.  Probably on the remote road where it first touched down.  It tore apart buildings, cars and greenhouses.  It lifted treetops from their trunks and slammed them down onto the freeway.  The freeway that he was exiting and that nobody was on.  It tore apart dreams and years of university research.  It ravaged my favorite place to walk.  Yet it did not touch a single human being.  And my man was spared.

The overwhelming mercy of Almighty God creates its own windstorm that marks my soul irreparably.  The mercy storm touches down, leaving nothing in its path but that which is unable to be destroyed.  The Rock called I AM.  Mercy gives way to mercy.

Who are we, Lord, that You would spare us so?  Thank You, Almighty God.  We don't deserve Your mercy, Holy, Sovereign God.  But we will bask in Your goodness.  For You are good.

 You are good, and the source of good;
train me in your goodness.
~Psalm 119:68 msg~

Celebrating at Emily's today . . .

tuesdays unwrapped at cats


emily freeman said...

Oh, bravo friend. I'm so glad your family is safe - and I'm so glad for this mercy storm...

Lisa-Jo Baker said...

Bria - this gaves me chills all down my body. So glad to hear you guys are safe and together.

Much love,

Sharon Cohen said...

What a powerful testimony of praise in the midst of trial. I remember tornado storms and close calls. The magnificent fury followed by the peaceful calm and clear air. Much like your evening of chaos followed by the morning moments of reflection. You captured it all so well in your words - given me cause to consider the mercies of God - a wonderful moment for Tuesdays Unwrapped.

Emily Blackwell said...

I'm so glad that you found me so that I could find you! I've thought about you several times since the conference and cannot seem to put my hand on that one piece of paper that will tell me where to find you!

Great posts, by the way. I really love how real you are :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Glad to hear God was watching out for you and your family. :)

cooperkelly4 said...

Yikes!!!! Glad that you and your family are well. Your words say it all. =0) Chilling to think what 2 seconds can and cannot change.

Coby said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I'm so thankful to hear you are safe! You really should become Amish, or relocate to the Southwest where tornadoes are rare.

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