Spring ushers in storms. These storms bring torrential rain, and high winds with them. I always keep an eye to the sky and watch cloud formations during this time of the year. A beautiful spring day can go from balmy and sunny to dark and mean in no time flat.
I live outside of a town, here in farmland Ohio, that got hit hard by one of those storms back in June of 2012. I consider myself a weather geek, but was caught totally and completely unaware that day.
I never saw it coming.
As my husband and I raced into town that afternoon, to rescue our son who was having car problems, a storm was racing across the midwest, straight for us. We would find ourselves caught in its fury, as that lazy,hazy early summer day turned wild and dark.
We made it into town, and I had noticed on the drive in, the clouds were a little odd….but, we had things to do so I didn’t dwell on it. Once in town we tried to get our son’s vehicle to start, with no success.
At that moment it hit…….hard.
People running down the street. Siding being torn off buildings. Bricks falling from on high, into piles of rubble below. A large tree right in front of us fell over, electric lines down in the street. Our historic courthouse, smack in the middle of town, took a hit. Rain….wind…..so much wind!
I thought it was a tornado. Not the kind of weather one wants to be caught in, especially when stuck outside in the middle of it all.
Getting out of town wasn’t easy, as we found most roads blocked by debris and downed lines.
By the time we finally got back home, the sun had come out. Our house, that sits alone, in what once used to be a farm field, was untouched. Our children, one of whom was with us, and the other two who were counselors at a local summer camp were okay. Our nerves were jangled, but other than that, we survived this frightening weather event.
(As it turned out the event was a derecho. This is what I found on Wikipedia to explain what took place: A derecho (/dəˈreɪtʃoʊ/, from Spanish: derecho [deˈɾetʃo], “straight”) is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a land-based, fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. Derechos can cause hurricane force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods. Winds convection-induced take on a bow echo (backward “C”) form of squall line, forming in an area of wind divergence in upper levels of the troposphere, within a region of low-level warm air advection and rich low-level moisture. They travel quickly in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to an outflow boundary(gust front), except that the wind is sustained and increases in strength behind the front, generally exceeding hurricane-force. A warm-weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially during June, July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere, within areas of moderately strong instability and moderately strong vertical wind shear. They may occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as during the daylight hours.)
This storm was scary, and not so much like other storms that happen in life.
Storms that we might never see coming…….
When the winds of pain are pounding hard, when the problems seem torrential, and it might feel like there is no way out of the storm, there is.
Jesus is still able to calm the storms of this life, but sometimes, for His own reasons He chooses not to. Sometimes He instead, calms us in the midst of it all.
He brings a peace that passes all understanding.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7