Thursday, November 1, 2012

Safe In The Storm

Yesterday afternoon, our daughter’s normal P-Day, we received her email confirming that she’s fine despite the fact that, thanks to Sandy, she was a couple of days without power in her apartment in Chinatown in New York City.

Of course, we knew she was fine because we’d already gotten three e-mails from her awesome mission president. (For one of them, he had to wait until a large tree was removed from his driveway so he could drive to a place with power to send the email! Kudos to him for the effort to keep us, and all his missionaries' parents, informed.) And, because of his notes, we knew that the missionaries were prepared with extra days’ food, water, batteries, and so on. And the missionaries had been instructed about what to do and how to behave.

We are grateful that our daughter is safe. We’re also grateful for a mission president and an organization that plan carefully for such emergencies, and were thoughtful enough to keep us posted.

We have another daughter and two nieces who were also in the path of the storm, all safe and sound.

My brother remarked a number of years ago after a huge snowfall in Chicago that one benefit of these large weather events is that we’re reminded that we are not in control of everything we see. There are things bigger than us, and there’s value in learning to rely on the Lord’s help when we simply cannot help ourselves.

Our family lived in Taiwan for 2-1/2 years and we had three or four typhoons (including the week we moved back home) while we were there. The first one was very frightening for us because we’d never been through it. The subsequent ones were curiosities, but not so completely scary. Still, we learned to be prepared at home, and to stay put until it was safe to leave.

Those were two key principles: being prepared and being in a place of safety in the storm. There are, of course, gospel parallels. As we live providently and keep commandments, we can be prepared not only for temporal storms, but spiritual ones, as well. And knowing the place of safety – whether our home, at the sacrament table or in the temple – will help to protect us in spiritual storms, as well.

Continued prayers for those who are rebuilding and cleaning up after the storm.

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  1. My first winter in Iowa included a, terrifying to me, blizzard. It reminded me how totally dependent we are on God to preserve and protect us. Yes, we had sufficient supplies, etc. but it was the first time in my life that I was actually in tears because of the weather (and I experienced the fringes of a hurricane while on my mission in Florida, and earthquakes growing up in CA). Knowing the gospel plan is a great comfort in times of trial.

  2. This is very late but I have not had internet for almost two weeks. On my mission I was in a Category 4 hurricane.
    Dealt with tornadoes after the hurricane. I have also experienced wild land fires. I never want to experience it again. My mother has been in hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes. In my opinion one must go through a natural disaster to appreciate the power of nature, and to understand what hardship the people are going through. It's one thing to watch it on television but quite another to experience it personally.