I don't know about you, but I have just been heart broken over the pictures and video coming out of the Joplin tornado. One story just about did me in....a boy being driven home from his HS graduation by his dad was sucked out of his car through the moon roof...they still have not found him as far as I know. I am praying for his family.
And I'm also sobered a bit by how close it came to my son.....he is just 50 miles from Joplin.
As more tornadoes were headed toward that area last night, I was getting pretty anxious. I mean reality is that my son is 19 and a BOY...all instincts tell them to go to the ROOF not shelter when a major storm is coming.....seriously.
But what I realized....anew....is that I am so thankful for the hope I have in Christ!!!
I can't control the weather.
I can't control whether my son takes shelter or not.
I can't control whether the house is sturdy enough.
I can't control the direction the tornado takes.
I can't even control my own anxieties!!
Thank goodness I don't have to.
Thank goodness my Hope lies in One that is bigger than all that.
And that I know He cares for my loved ones even more than I do.
But I am most thankful today that each of my children has a relationship with Christ and are following Him. That each one has reached out and accepted the free gift that Christ offers us all. And with that knowledge, I have Hope that no matter what happens...they are ultimately taken care of!!!
And that.....is what allowed me to go to sleep last night.
.....plus a lot of prayer.