Blind Trust – Driving in a Tornado

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When I was driving students home on the bus yesterday I wasn’t really looking for a sermon illustration for Sunday but I got one.

I didn’t see a funnel cloud though I did recognize the colour and cloud formations were dangerous.  I’d seen them years ago when a tornado hit our area.  I turned the corner and saw before me a wall of cloud and suddenly I was blinded by leaves, branches, rain and hail blowing on the windshield at frightening speed.  I could barely see the pavement on the road for the debris, but the rain made it glisten enough that I could follow the trail over the bridge and around the corner.  I moved slowly but purposefully trying to get as far away from trees and power lines as I could.

The children were silent but for the one closest to me who said something about, “why are you all acting like this is normal.”  He could see what I saw and was frightened.  The others were cowering in their seats listening to music on their phones.  The one whose house I was closest too was worried about being let off in the rain and hail.  I was just worried we even get the half mile down the road to his driveway.

My mission was to get the children in my charge on the school bus home safely.  (That is my mission every day.)   In an instant I had to chose whether to stand still at the edge of the bridge and wait it out or drive through it.  I chose the later.  This morning I travelled that same route and, on the spot, where I would have been stopped to wait out the wind was a very large willow which had fallen across the road.  It would have crushed us.

In moments like that you follow your gut.  It’s not about right or wrong but just sheer gut.  I have great faith in God, but I have no understanding of God’s economy.  Some decisions I make with great prayer and consideration believing God is in it and it turns out to be a complete disaster.  Other decisions I make on the fly like I did yesterday in that storm and it turns out to be an absolute miracle.

If you decide to go to church this week, and I would encourage you to give it a try, you may find the person teaching lesson using these scriptures which are part of the Common Lectionary for the church this week.  Hmmm!  

  • “Some trust in chariots and some in horses but I will trust in the Lord. ” Psalm 20
  • “Walk by faith, not sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

 

About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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