1. Jesus is coming back soon
In the hustle and bustle of storm prep, I was keenly aware of our deadline – when the storm would make landfall. If we weren’t ready then, we weren’t going to be ready at all. The irony was that if the news hadn’t told me a storm was coming, I would never have known. I was trusting the reports that I needed to be prepared and doing what was necessary, even if in the moment it felt like it was going to be sunny for days. There were no winds or even rain to foreshadow such a major change in weather. I think you can see the correlations here. Time is short. Make it count. Be ready.

Lunch time before Patricia was scheduled to make landfall. (You'll notice my appropriate shirt....)

Lunch time before Patricia was scheduled to make landfall. (You’ll notice my appropriate T-shirt….)

Keeping the mood light!

Keeping the mood light!

2.Take your news with a grain of salt
I’d say that 99% of the time that the news looked like this:
patricia
Our outside looked like this:

Maybe some drizzle. No wind.

Maybe some drizzle. No wind.

Hearing the hype and seeing the contrasting tranquility definitely gave me some perspective on news production. (Not bashing the news here – it’s very important! Just heard several things reported that were not matching our reality.)

3. We’re on the map!
Anyone who has ever lived overseas has explained where they live countless times. It’s what we do! So my positive plug for the news is that you all know exactly where we are and even saw some shots of our town and people. Thank you, news!

Removing tape the day after the storm

Removing tape the day after the storm

4. He still controls the wind and waves
This was forecasted as the largest storm “in this hemisphere” and sometimes “ever recorded in the whole world since the dawn of time”… or something like that.
You need to understand that we never saw a single tree branch sway by even 1 inch. We kept waiting for some big gusts and strong downpours and all we ever got was some casual rain. I am NOT complaining, rather I am marveling at the control and precision of God’s direction and the absolute evidence of His intervention.

5. He is good
We have celebrated His goodness all weekend, but not just because we were spared. There are some towns experiencing some major flood damage. But in those towns, He is also good. He’s good because it’s His character and not really so much about what He does or doesn’t do for us.
Rejoice with us in His mighty hand and outstretched arm, His love endures forever!

Sunset the day after the storm

Sunset the day after the storm

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  • Micah Stewart

    Good word, peeps. Especially appreciate your perspective on his goodness because of His character and who He is and not simply a favorable outcome.

    October 26th, 2015 21:17
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  • gail baldwin

    Anna and Michael,
    reading about “Patricia” and those 5 things you learned was an amazing piece of praise in every word you wrote. You were so lifted in prayer. We only knew what we heard but we knew Who actually controlled that wind…………..Praise Our God for his greatness………

    Also, your stories of life there keep us humble…………..thank you for sharing, Love, Gail

    October 30th, 2015 16:00
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