This Sunday marks the 3rd anniversary of the awful day in our lives wherein friends and neighbors were killed, and our world turned upside down, never to be the same, due to a mammoth-sized, record-breaking tornado.
For old readers, you walked with us through those difficult months and I love you for it.
This week, while I am preparing/traveling/speaking at the Christian Heritage Conference and unable to write, I’m preparing, ahead of time, this brief memorial and the links to our story as I chronicled it. I love so much going back and reading the comments on those posts. I love that they are here, forever, for me to read and cherish.
And on this third year, I can say that we are continually so grateful for all the Lord taught us and did for us through that tragedy, and how He continues to grow us. I never knew it would take so long to acclimate to a new life, and even still, I sometimes wonder if we’ll ever feel “normal” again. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t talk about “The Storm”, its memory being so indelibly burned into our minds and experience, and its evidence in the landscape still very much a daily reminder.
I am thankful for the lessons of His sovereignty and how learning those lessons brings so much peace. When we can fall into His arms and know that nothing is outside of His omniscient love for us, we can live in confidence, reminding our fears that He is in control.
Whatever storms you might be going through, do not let your heart forget that nothing surprises the Lord, and that in everything, He is working out His plan for your good. We must only obey and trust His promises, and then embrace the peace that passes all understanding.
For those who wish to read the stories of God’s amazing grace, I’ve provided links to the story, chronologically.
Tornado Update April 30 (from Kathy–videos and pictures)