It’s been raining here for days.
Really, longer, if you count the quiet storm you can’t see but it still threatens to overcome you anyway.
Eleven days. That’s how long I did absolutely nothing. I crawled into a vacation and it turns out doing nothing for days on end has its own kind of healing power. That’s the good thing about being burned out, everything is already burned up. I ate and slept and read by some kind of body of water for 11 days and that’s all I did.
I came home feeling more rested than I have in a very long time–because I remembered that even when you’re in a storm and you’re being pulled deeper and deeper over your head, you’re not alone. And storms pass. And when one ends, another blows in.
But He is with us when the wind and water rage around us. They say the safest place to be in a storm is in the middle of it. The eye of the storm is always calm.
We got home just in time for school to start only for it to be canceled due to the hurricane..the kind of storm that blows in more rain than you ever thought possible.
If you’ve seen the news this weekend, you know it’s been raining non-stop here in South Texas as Hurricane Harvey has ravaged our great state. Roads are now rushing rivers in Houston.
We live 90 miles from the coast…far enough inland that rain is usually the worst a storm can bring us. So, we unpacked the sand from our vacation bags, rolled up our sleeves, filled our gas tanks, stocked our pantry and flashlights. We moved in our patio furniture, closed our retail stores and covered about $100,000 in Fair Trade Friday product in tarps at Mercy House Global. We made warm brownies and filled our sweet tea pitchers and nervously consumed it all, while we waited.
And it has rained and rained and rained. More than 25 inches and it’s still raining…
Thankfully, tonight the rain is still outside our house and not in it, but it’s threatening our doors, flooding our yards, cutting us off from roads, wreaking havoc in our work. We have so many friends in the city under water as the storm continues to bring a lot of worry and fear and a lot of time to think about what matters most.
So, yeah, it’s still raining, but there are some things you can only learn in a storm.
Please keep praying for Texas.