Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow. Ice. Pray.


As many of you know, I’m a native Atlantan, a genuine Southern belle and homegrown Georgia peach, and you’re probably seeing the news coverage today of the terrible snowstorm that hit us yesterday.  Dubbed “Snowmageddon 2014,” the storm left a calamitous compendium of offspring in the form of ice which shut our fair city down and forced us into a state of gridlock.  People have been stranded since yesterday afternoon at their respective workplaces, in vehicles, in schools, etc., and as of this writing still haven’t been able to make it home. There have been multiple accidents, students are trapped in schools and on buses, and there have been a number of motor vehicle accidents.  Cars have been abandoned alongside the roads, and there was even an incident of a birth on one of our major interstates!
To every negative though there is a positive.  We’ve had many good samaritans emerge unexpectedly from the shadows who've been offering hot beverages, temporary shelter, and transportation for those who have no other way to make it home.  Along with this, people are praying as never before and are turning their focus towards a God who delivers, protects, and saves.  As believers, we have a bird’s-eye view that others don’t possess;  we see adverse situations as a means to greater and as a direct catalyst to increased fortitude, expanded strength, more powerful vision, and intensified maturity. 

We continue to pray for those who are still enmeshed in the negative effects of this storm but are grateful for the good things that our God is birthing out of it. 
 
*Photo via Angela Lane Woods.