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Last evening, around 6:30 local time, we experienced a strong thunderstorm. It did not hang around very long. But, if you know anything about thunderstorms in the southern US, then you know they can hit hard and fast.
At this point, I am not really sure what it was. Some said it was a small tornado. Maybe it was, I’m not sure. But, around here, any wind damage from a storm is usually attributed to a tornado, whether it was or not. It could have been straight-line winds. Or, maybe even a microburst.
Regardless, whatever it was, it was strong and did damage in my community. My house was not hit, but less than half a mile away big trees were toppled and houses and businesses had been damaged. The storm did damage in other communities too, everything from a few leaves and shingles in the lawn to major trees toppled on the roadways.
With all this damage came the inevitable loss of electrical power. We went dark!
In this part of the world, the power-lines are still above ground running on poles. Whenever there is a significant wind storm or snow or ice, the lines come tumbling down. And when the lines come tumbling down, our power goes out.
The power went off and stayed off until about 4 am. I opened up the windows in the house to let some of the outside breeze in through the screens. This helped some, but not a lot. I really do not know how Ma and Pa Ingles handled summer nights out on the prairie!
It was hard to get comfortable. It was muggy, with little to no air moving. It was hot. I was uncomfortable, sweaty and awake!
It was such a rush of happiness when the power clicked on and the AC unit began to hum and the ceiling fans began to whirl! I felt I was in heaven!
As I lay in bed last night, tossing and turning, sticky and sleepy, I thought about how much I take electricity and indoor AC for granted. These are things that are easy to take for granted when they are working. But as soon as you lose them, you realize how blessed you are to have them.
Of course, these modern conveniences (or, are they necessities?!) have a way of spoiling us too. My wife wondered aloud how people back in the day handled such muggy nights. Of course, they had never known the sheer blessing of indoor AC! For them, it was normal. They were use to it.
I am not!
It is easy to take things for granted. It is even easy to take God’s goodness and blessings for granted. How often to we take the use of our feet or hands for granted. We think nothing of them. But, have you ever injured one? In those moments you realize how important those average body parts really are.
We are all busy. Busy with life. Busy with family. Busy with work. Busy with extracurriculars. Busy with being busy.
But, from time to time, it is a good idea to stop, take a breath, look around and be thankful for the goodness and grace of God. Even in those little things, those little everyday usual things . . . like AC, hands, fingers, feet and toes.
It is far better to be thankful and grateful for them, then to take them for granted and regret it when they are gone.