“For the first time since the storm battered the Northeast, killing at least 57 people and doing billions of dollars in damage, brilliant sunshine washed over the nation’s largest city — a striking sight after days of gray skies, rain and wind.” (MSN news, today)
Beautiful, brilliant sunshine after such devastation. We want to scream, to cry–that it’s not fair. The pain of the storm, the loss of life, the enormous projected financial loss, now millions without electricity– it is all too much to be able to rejoice in sunshine today.
But we do discover that beauty is always there. –it is the storm, the trouble that comes suddenly or even quietly, stealthily—that covers the serene, the majestic scenes of life. And when the storms, the clouds, the darkness have passed, the beauty remains.
So it is with life. Storms hide the reality, the sense of wonder and awe of life, the beauty. Is this enough to enable one to survive the storm–to know that when it passes–the beauty that was hidden momentarily–can still be seen.
Furious, wild winds made Tennesseans aware that there was a storm brewing on the east coast, and we watched helplessly, praying for those in Sandy’s perilous path.
I was aware of another storm this week. One evening I attended a fall fashion preview presented by a beautiful lady, both inside and out! Within an hour after I left the presentation, the lady received news that her 50-year old husband had been found dead by her sons.
What shock! How profoundly unreal is the fact of this ‘storm’.
Tom was away for five days in Butte, Montana, during this time, and I was deeply affected at the news. Oh, I sometimes tread gently, trepidant, into the minutes of life, fearful of the what-if’s, worrying about potential coming storms.
Saddened today, yes, but reassured by the sunshine that for today, this part of NOW, God is still in control, even as He was — in and during the storm.
This morning the skies are blue, the air is fresh, the raspberries are sweeter, and the second cup of coffee–with Tom— makes me delight in this moment.
“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” Psalm 107: 29-31