7.02.2014

and i prayed


in the midwest, many of us are guilty for actually "watching" or "looking for" the storms coming our way. the weatherman warns us to take shelter, tornado sirens blare and yet we "look" before really believing that it's bad enough to go downstairs. i remember as a child, our family always going to the basement when the storms came bearing down on us and once dad knew we were all safe "down below" with a radio and a flashlight, he'd go back upstairs to "see" what it was doing outside.

on monday, we got to "see" what the eye of a storm looks like up close and personal and i vow to never be in that position again. we were on our way home {a.k.a. apartment} from madison when our daughter texted us and asked where we were. when i told her, she said we had to take cover, that we were in the area that a severe storm was heading. we kept driving. sure it was raining and it looked stormy, but it didn't look "bad" enough to take cover. she continued to text and send us photos of the radar. we kept driving. finally, we exited off the highway only to believe that heading north looked far worse than continuing going in the direction we were heading. WRONG. as soon as we got back onto the highway, we were blinded by the driving rain and the horrifically powerful winds. we could barely see the car in front of us and had no idea where we were, but we followed him and turned onto a frontage road. soon a truck carrying giant hay bales joined us. we all found ourselves in the parking lot of a farm implement business. we were not safe, but we had nowhere to go. we all jockeyed for a position in the saturated gravel parking lot where we thought if we parked just right, we might be protected. we snuggled our car up close to a huge concrete wall to protect one side of us from the brutal winds that were shaking our car and then we sat...and we prayed.

at one point, i put my purse over me. it has a long cross body strap and the thought in my head was that if we get blown away, at least i'll have identification on me. yes, it was that bad. the big red truck on the "bad side" of the concrete wall lost its hood. i watched it blow off and crumple like a piece of tin foil. i prayed some more, truly believing that this is not how God intended for me to go. 

i don't know how long we sat there with our knees shaking and hearts pounding, but finally the winds slowed down and cars {with their flashers on} were driving again on the highway. so we left and made it home safely just a few minutes later. 

maybe my story can be a public service announcement to any of you who have similar reactions to how i USED to think about storm warnings and tornado sirens...that it probably isn't that bad outside, that the storm will probably skirt us to the south or let's just wait to see which way it goes. at almost fifty, i have finally learned that storms do what they want to do, when they want to do it and how they want  to do it and no matter what,  you are always at their mercy.

12 comments:

  1. Thank God you're safe.
    ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. My heart is racing as I read. Such a harrowing account. So relieved you came through safely on the other side!

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  3. Oh my goodness! I am so glad you are safe! That must have been terrifying. I'm especially glad you're safe because the last time there was a serious tornado in my country, some men sought shelter beside a concrete wall and it fell on them. :-(

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  4. Holy crap! Sorry...but that's I can muster. Good thing you prayed! (and parked on the right side of the wall). Sheesh.

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  5. i always think of you when i see there are tornadoes in your area, and i always think i'm being silly. i am so glad y'all are all right - heartbeats back to normal and all. girl!

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  6. Scary! So glad you are both OK and made it home.
    Now you know.

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  7. I can just imagine how scared you both were. Our Colfax community also suffered a bizarre and very brief tornado last week. It's true when they say a funnel cloud can just suddenly come out of the sky and touch down without warning. Such terrible weather we've all had this past week. I'm glad you were safe, but scary for sure.

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  8. oh my gosh, how scary. i am so glad you and John are safe. xo

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  9. oh that really is scary. Glad you're ok and wiser for the experience. Here along the coast it's the hurricanes we watch closely. A few years ago some of the shoreline homes were swept out to sea, crazy. Until recent years, never would I have believed we would see something like that. Weather is getting stronger all across the country.

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  10. What a harrowing experience for you both. I'm glad you were together, that you weren't alone in that car, and that you found some semblance of shelter. Oh, Beth!

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  11. Holy cow, that had to be so scary! I am so glad you're okay!

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  12. wow! good to know you made it safe and sound!

    growing up in kansas and hearing the sirens go off during storm season, i have a GIANT respect for severe storms and always believe the weather guy when he says to take cover. glad you made it safely through!

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