As we drove along recently, we remarked how absolutely gorgeous the day was! Blue skies
and billowing white clouds made up the scenery before us.
Then, before we knew it, the dark, ominous clouds started rolling in, covering the brilliant blue
Dark clouds starting filling the sky overhead, creating a drastic change in the scenery around us.
Before we knew what happened, the rains began. Not just a soft, gentle rain. No, the skies
opened and heavy, pelting rain appeared.
So much so, that we could barely see through the front windshield, despite the fastest speed of
the car's wipers. As we drove on, at a slower pace, the rain continued it's rapid and furious
And, then just as quickly as it began, it stopped.
The sun appeared through the clouds once again. Within 45 minutes time, as I peered out
the front window of the car, the weather had gone full cycle. I thought to myself how
much like life this happening was. Our days can be going along, the sun can be shining with the
white clouds billowing above, and before we know what happens, a huge storm appears out
of nowhere, with the torrential rains distorting our view. And as always happens, it is only a
matter of time before clearing begins. Sometimes, a matter of a short time, and at other times,
a matter of days, weeks, or perhaps years until we see the sun again.
My thoughts then took me to September 11th, 14 years ago. It was a clear, gorgeous
September morning. I drove home from taking our children to school that day, and
as I placed the bags of newly purchased groceries onto the kitchen counter, I vividly remember walking over to the television, and turning on the "Today" show, to see the news.
You, as well as I, will recall the rest of the story. How ominous clouds and darkness suddenly
swept in, filling lives with the storm of a lifetime, for our young adult lives. I am sure you
remember as clearly as I do, where you were, and the circumstance you found yourself in, as the horrendous "storm" details of 911 started to unfold before our eyes.
Yesterday we remembered it all. Today, whether you are facing sunshine or storms in your
life, may it encourage you to know, that the storms will pass over.
Thanks so much for stopping by.