Monday, 17 December 2018

M Michele's Musings

Beauty after the Storm

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Just a week ago Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc of winds, water and destruction to North and South Carolina. Thankfully, before the mighty storm hit land she had decreased in strength from a category four to a category one. Surely, it was the hand of God that slowed her swirling fury. Still, even as this is penned, the residue of the storm continues. Rivers continue to rise and crest bringing even more flooding with additional loss of homes, businesses and property. My heart breaks for the families that have been hit hard, suffered loss and continue to feel the impact of the tempest. My prayers are with the families. I am reminded of God’s mercy, love and hope that he brought to our area when Hurricane Rita brought her devastation here. I am reminded that we made it through and that God restored. He is the same today, yesterday and forever. What He did for us, He can do for all those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Rita brought much destruction to our area. After the storm we lived with blue roofs, split trees, piles of cut trees and debris on the sides of roads, parking lots, fields and swamps. Traffic lines and shopping lines were long and practically nothing stayed open after 8:00 p.m. The stores that were open were so crowded, with little stock and had few employees. We found ourselves asking, “Will things ever get back to normal?” The task set before us to clean up the destruction that Rita left behind was great. It seemed to be never-ending and overwhelming. At times it was easy for us to forget that God was so faithful during that time, but He was faithful even in the midst and after the storm. God was truly merciful and we were truly blessed. Thankfulness should be in our hearts for His mercy toward us.  

There are so many good things I noticed after the storm. First and foremost were the kind and generous people that rushed in to help us. This overwhelmed me with thankfulness that perfect strangers reached out to help. Churches, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Disaster Teams, Utility Companies, FEMA, etc. all pitched in to help. In addition, all of America gave and pitched in to send money to help those organizations help Southwest Louisiana. First, they brought us food, water and other essential items. Then they began to clean our streets and get our water and electricity up and running again. Many worked long hours, away from the comforts of their homes. Beauty after the Storm; was seen in everyday ordinary people reaching out and becoming extraordinary.      

I observed family, friends and neighbors giving of themselves to help others clean their yards, saw their trees, clean, remodel and roof their homes and businesses. People worked together with a common goal of helping others get their lives back on track. Slowly things were accomplished. Beauty after the Storm; was seen in neighbors, family and friends working together to help one another.

I also observed things happening in nature. After the storm grass was soaked, trampled and flattened. Trees were bent, broken and bruised. The storm stripped every single leaf from many a tree, bush and flower. But only a few days afterwards new life began to come forth and soon many were more beautiful than before the storm. New life was bursting forth everywhere. Yes, the terrible wind and rain that brought so much destruction was gone and in its place was abundant sunshine, birds singing, insects buzzing, and flowers blooming. It was fall; yet spring seemed to be here. Beauty after the Storm; was seen in nature after withstanding much damage.

The amazing thing to me in all this was how it paralleled our lives before Christ and now.   Just as Hurricane Rita left our area; many aspects of our lives were empty, a mess, in shambles, broken and bruised. We had no answers. Everything seemed overwhelming. We were a lost, miserable and broken people in need of a Savior. Through Rita, we saw the love of people who reached out and helped us to get back to normal and likewise Jesus came into our lives to save us and give us purpose, hope and love. He began to clean up our lives and He is in the process of making us beautiful for His kingdom. We must let Him do His work in us, changing us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). He brings new life into our lives.    

In this life there will always be storms. It is inevitable that they will come.   The storms of life come in many forms and fashions. They often bring much destruction and harm. However, remember that God wants to use those storms for good and not evil in our lives. Trust Him in the midst of the circumstances He allows in your life. Remember He is forever faithful. There is always hope and there is always beauty after the storm. We must keep our eyes focused on God. Remember God is always faithful to his word and He will keep you safe in the midst of any circumstance He has allowed to touch your life. Remember He loves you and you are special to His very heart.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,

saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil,

to give you an expected end.

           Jeremiah 29:11

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright August 2018 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Revision from 2005/2010

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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