What's Left Of What Was Lost
It's been a week since Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston. Life has resumed for those who were spared or minimally impacted. For some, life will never be the same.
I've personally talked with hundreds of people who experienced various levels of inconvenience and destruction. Today I drove six miles north to check on a couple I have been unable to contact. Larry and Dana own Best Wishes Christian Gift Shop in Kingwood. Most major national cable and network TV broadcasters camped out in Kingwood because the devastation was so widespread and the visuals are newsworthy.
I found Dana at the store, and was relieved to find it intact with customers inside. I was more relieved to discover that their home was not flooded. Dana apologized for not returning my calls and explained that she had been overwhelmed and preoccupied with storm related matters. I told her I understood, and asked about her family. What followed brought tears to my eyes.
Dana's Mom and Dad are in their eighties and live in the area. As the storm approached, Dana's dad got out his bulky electric generator intending to use it in the event power was knocked out. It was too much for him. He died the night the storm rolled in. The family dealt with their medical emergency as Harvey began to hammer us. Dana's mom went home with her and returned after the storm to discover that her own house had been totally destroyed. Today they had to have her beloved dog put down. This is her birthday and she has nothing left but her children.
For some life resumes. For some life will never be the same. Here is the crux of the matter. In the midst of "total loss" Dana's mother, a devout Christian, has the where-with-all to say, "I have lived my life growing close to my Lord and Savior so I could face a day like today. The Lord has been very good to me. I will trust him in all circumstances. Through good and bad, my life is in his hands. Jesus will not leave me, nor forsake me. That is called a true Christian witness! In the midst of her greatest trial, Dana's mom has bolstered my faith and made me a stronger Christian.