The Storm

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Sometimes life can feel like a whirlpool; a swirling, twirling energy that sucks us in, leaving us feeling out of control, but we must not give in; we must rise up, take a deep breath in and find the current that leads us out and into our destiny.  – K Lang

 

Last weekend I was up the coast with a couple of girlfriends, and as we were traveling home, we received a text from one of our children saying there was a big storm headed our way.  It had been blue clear skies all weekend, and so it was hard to believe there was storm ahead.

But they were right, fifteen minutes into our trip, driving along the freeway, we started to see the familiar black and green ominous clouds rolling in, taking daylight with it.  As I was driving towards it, I felt like we were being pulled unwilling into a whirlpool of dark energy!

We all slowed down as an eerie stillness fell over us.  Some cars pulled over, but each of us hoped it would be quick and painless as we sat in this open, exposed and vulnerable space. 

And as the lightning, thunder and downpour began, I realized there was nowhere to escape.  Minutes later my friend who was following the radar announced “We are in the eye of the storm!” but I didn’t have time to respond as the pelting noise of hail began its downpour all over the car!

This experience although scary, was a great reminder how life can change in an instant and can leave us feeling exposed and vulnerable. However, in these moments of uncertainty, when I have felt there is nowhere to escape, I have learned to dig deep and discover I always have a warrior within that can survive anything she is given… if I let her.

 

“Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain — run into your pain.  Let life’s storm shatter you.”

Bryant McGill,

(PS: The storm passed and amazingly, there was no damage to the car or us!)

21 thoughts on “The Storm

  1. We have storms, but usually not so sudden. What happens suddenly in the desert is flash floods. A dry or shallow creek bed can turn into a raging river in a minute or less.
    People drive into water and get sucked downstream. We lean to never enter standing water unless we’re sure of its depth!
    Glad you weathered the storm.

  2. Beautiful post. Glad you are ok. Reminded me of:

    We’re unprepared
    for our little disappointments.
    Normally I might not pay attention
    to sunlight pouring into the courtyard
    but this afternoon, I do —
    probably because it’s already nearly gone.
    None of us mentions the night,
    but I, for one, would like to
    be expecting it, when
    it comes.

    — Nathan McClain, from “Power Outage Elegy,” Waxwing (Issue VIII, 2016)

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