I have always taken storm warnings seriously. I get it from my grandma, she had one of those weather radios when I was growing up. When I woke up Friday and found out they upgraded our area from a moderate risk to a severe risk, I had a bad feeling. I went into full survival mode. Our basement has windows, but we do have a walk in closet that I keep toys in. I cleaned out some toys and laid down pillows and blankets. I packed a bag of extra clothes, pj's, and shoes. I had some water and snacks packed, our laptop charged and ready, financial stuff in my purse. I know it may have seemed crazy but I wasn't taking chances. I would have packed more but Steve was at work and I didn't want to scare the kids. Once I put Cameron down for a nap I had Cooper help me take more things downstairs, he wanted to get Sky and Marty which are his animals he sleeps with. They were already in my hand before he mentioned them. I turned on the tv and tried to play a game of Candyland with him. I felt terrible, I was trying to focus on him but I just couldn't turn my attention away from the tv. When I saw it was approaching Borden and our sirens were going off and they were urging people in Clark County to get in the basement or bathrooms I decided it was time to head down. I grabbed Cameron and our radio and set up shelter. It wasn't long before the weather reports started coming in. I was texting Gretchen, Tracey, and Jaime, checking in on everyone. We had a short break so I opened up the closet doors to give the kids time to play then the second storm hit. We went back in and at first I thought we weren't getting much until I opened the door. The wind and rain was awful. We finally got the all clear, Steve made his way home, then I went upstairs to watch the news. I had heard about Henryville and Marysville but never could I imagine the destruction that took place. We see images like this every couple of years, recently in Alabama and Missouri. It hits home when it is our backyard and we see people we know on the news. Or children we know loosing their school. Just as our parents talk of the 1974 tornadoes, we will always remember the 2012 tornadoes.
It seems as if every time I turn on the news it gets worse yet I can't stop watching. I want to get out there and do something. Cooper is praying for homes that got destroyed and Levi's school. I would pray that God gives those who lost homes and loved ones peace but that isn't what we should pray for. God will give peace it's up to those to accept the peace. So that's my prayer, I pray that these people can accept God's peace and comfort.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.