Psalm 56: 3-4When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
Word of Hope
As we sat in our house that got as cold as 45° inside trying to survive the Texas blizzard, God sent us flocks of birds. God knows we need lots of entertainment. Our attention spans are warped to having constant TV in our lives. It is usually on while we are surfing Facebook or Instagram. We usually call our bird feeder our kitty TV.
In our blizzard we had no electricity for most of our time. It was off and on in our neighborhood. But way more off than on! Most of the time our house was in the 50’s! I did not have any concept of being that cold.
We were lucky. Some people had no electricity. And our pipes did not burst! Sheltered with friends in our home, we could eat sandwiches or cereal if we did not have power. We pulled out every blanket we had. We wore our hats and ear warmers and wrapped in blankets.
When the power turned on, we gave thanks, made coffee, took showers, made meals and knew our time was limited before it would go off again. We learned how to juggle two families of people and animals in one house. And we were wonderfully compatible!
We prayed for the homeless, hoping they had all made it to shelters. It felt selfish to pray for our electricity to come on. We knew so many who had been without longer than us. But God cares for each of us.
The beautiful birds came almost constantly in daylight hours to distract us. “What kind is that one? We haven’t seen one like it before.” We searched our book and discussed what kind they might be. We were very entertained by God’s beautiful nature and how they managed the cold. We were glad we had birdseed to feed them.
It is amazing the wonderful love of God and how you see that love in times of blizzard and pandemic. Not only did we have birds. You can see the helpers. People were finding the homeless and getting them to the shelters. People were calling to ask elderly people how they were and if they had needs. Others were securing water for those whose pipes had frozen. Warming and phone charging centers were set up all over town. Neighbors were helping clear sidewalks and porches. And they helped those who had falling ceilings.
God who is our help in all disasters, thank you for the helpers who show up. Thank you for the neighbors who do their part to help. Thank you for helping us survive cold we never expected to experience inside our homes. Thank you for sending birds to entertain us and remind us of your love and the beauty of nature.