Laura! Still a Beautiful Name

IMG_7611 (2)Being from Louisiana, I’ve lived with the fact that hurricanes are a given. I don’t live on the coast, but even with the Gulf five hours south, the aftermath of a weakening storm can wreck havoc. Laura did just that, though nothing like the damage to Lake Charles and the coastline. My small town stood in the direct northern path and received of rain and super strong winds. Round and round, knocking our power as she twirled and turned snapping everything in her tail.

Laura, Laura! I have friends named Laura. Don’t worry, it is still a beautiful name, as is Katrina.

What do you do when the water rises and the winds howl? When darkness covers your world?

stormPsalm 46:1-3 helps: God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

I think any time power is out, a panic surfaces. It’s the power of the unknown, of uncertainty, of lack of comfort. Doesn’t that sound like what we have all been experiencing since March 2020?  Here are a few things I did to relieve the tension and the discomfort:

1) Read—of yes…I relaxed in the drama of wonderful characters fighting their own struggles.

2) Wrote…there’s always a story or article waiting for life.

3) Cooked…being creative with gas burners.

4) Visited… with my parents and taking them hot water for teatime.

5) Talked…without TV or internet my husband and I had quality time together.

6) Picked up…loads of limbs and debris

All is well where I live. The strain only lasted 36 hours for me. I’m praying for those who are still experiencing hardships.

Marco, Laura, Katrina, Rita…whatever the storm, God has promised to be there in the midst.

What do you do when the electricity (no water or internet) is out?