Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hurricane Season With Good Food

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One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.
The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”
The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
Luke 7:22 - 25
One day, I'll be more organized, I keep thinking. One day, I'll figure out the the strategy to have mostly controlled chaos. And I might....

Hurricane Season

I remember the first real hurricane that I experienced in NYC. Perhaps because we were a little on the outskirts of the city, and a bit farther from water, it didn't seem like much to us.  Yes, there was devastation, and I'm grateful I didn't live in any of the flood prone areas. Still, the experience was... ok.  Now, I've experienced quite a few hurricanes in my life.  I grew up in Jamaica, W.I. Knowing the kind of structure you need to live in  and preparing for hurricane season was a way of life.  Those who could afford it, knew what kind of structure they needed to live in, what kind of roof they needed, to have a chance when the hurricane (that was often bigger than the entire island when looking at the satellite pictures) hit the island.  I learned that to handle a storm, you should know it's coming and strategically anticipate it, while eating some good food (because the power will go out and your refrigerator will be of no use) and slow down to manage the fallout afterwards. Oh, and be flexible all through the process, since the insecure sheet of wood off the other person's house could crash into your window in a second.nWhat you don't do is try to manage the hurricane.  That's above your pay grade.

Hurricanes - A way of life

These past few months have been a whirlwind of an other kind and I've been using all my smarts to manage the windstorm.  For a couple weeks I was flexible and relaxed, then I got to the point where I started to say, you should be more organized than this by now, you should be better at this by now, you should be limiting.... Those SHOULDS were so loud.  I should be controlling the storm.  Mercifully, the Holy Spirt is on the job, trying to keep my mind on the path of renewal (Rom. 12:2).  Controlling the winds is above your pay grade.

The New Normal

My message to families caring for kids on the autism spectrum is usually to embrace the New Normal.  It can be a hard message and I don't hand it out carelessly.  But it's a reflection of the constant journey to not fix the new normal, or even control the new normal, but to go on the ride with God and trust that He is the architect of the new normal.  This means

  • agreeing with the Controller of storms that they will come and that He is doing His job
  • building your (inner) structure to survive the storms (Matt 7:24-27, eat good food before the hurricane)
  • enjoying the present moment (with some good food)
  • being flexible with what the wind brings (did I mention the good food?)
One day, I may be more organized.  Today, I absorb the nourishment available to me in God's presence. Today I trust. Today I embrace life in this climate and breathe. The shadow of the Almighty is a good spot to listen, to hear how to engage today.

Lord, What a relief it tis to know that storm control isn't my job!  Please remind me to stop, to relinquish, to attend to you, the Director of my actions, the Source of all wisdom, energy and strength, the Protector and Provider as I embrace the day that you have gifted me. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. This post has blessed me more than you will ever know. Thanks.