We’ve prepped for Hurricane Dorian (downgraded now to a tropical storm) and we’re just awaiting her arrival. Our governor declared a mandatory evacuation several days ago. Our city has been gradually emptying out. Businesses are closed. Streets and beaches are empty. There’s nothing to do. Nowhere to go – just stay home, read, rest, talk, and eat.

I don’t mean to take the seriousness of a hurricane lightly, but I’ve learned to recognize and enjoy blessings when they come our way – even in strange ways.

It has been a hot mess of a summer. Mary Addison, our adult daughter with special needs, broke her ankle and kept re-breaking it with every severe seizure (nearly daily), so our summer holiday plans were scrapped – but we had loads of “field trips” to the ER!  We had a shortage of help as trusted pro-caregivers took extended time-off. This was on top of writing a second book, filming numerous videos, helping our adult son move, and now prepping for a hurricane. We may not have been able to escape to the mountains to just read, write, rest, talk and eat, but He has uniquely provided us this precious time to rest and re-set anyway.

I’m taking this extraordinary window of peace and quiet to let go of the turmoil of the summer and be still and remember that He is perfect, loves us and is in control.  He is our firm foundation. I know the peaceful circumstances won’t last long, but I will remember that when we pass through the waters, He will be with us; and when we pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over us (Isaiah 4:32).  We will be like that man, building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood comes, the torrent that strikes our home will not shake it, because it is built on solid ground. (Luke 6:48)