Hurricane Irma Musings

Ever had unexpected guests over for Thanksgiving? Yea, that’s Irma. Eating up all the Mac n Cheese.

While it feels like the whole world is trying to suck me into this whirlwind of anxiety (and it just might be working) – I have a couple of musings about storms to help calm my nerves.

  1. Storms help us gain perspective I feel like it was just a week ago that we were irreparably divided. Politically, racially, and religiously divided. But it’s crazy what a little rain can do to our vision. All of the sudden, our neighbors, who we were called to love regardless of skin color, political party or religion – matter. And it’s weird how it sometimes takes a storm for us to live outside of ourselves. Yeah, I get it. Going through storm are never fun. And the anxiety that comes with it is something I can definitely live without. But if we’re not careful, we’ll miss the lesson in the storm while focusing on the waves.
  2. You’ll drive yourself insane if you continue obsessing over the things you can’t control. This is the biggest lesson I’ve learned in 2017 and shoutout to my friends at 40Kft for helping me understand this. Did you know that airplanes need to fly above 40,000 feet in order to avoid turbulence? See, that’s the thing. The pilot knows there is nothing he can do, nothing he has learned – that will stop the turbulence. It’s going to happen. But instead of worrying about the circumstances that are shaking things up, the pilot decides to ride above it. He puts himself in a position of elevation, physically and mentally, that stands above any and all rocky situations. Friends, Matthew 6:27 says, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Worrying about what hasn’t even happened yet is not beneficially to you whatsoever. So take a deep breath. [Insert deep breath here] and take your eyes off the storm and focus on Jesus.
  3. There’s never been a storm I ever regretted going through Regardless of the kind of storm you have been through, we all know that the aftermath almost always sucks. The pain is unbearable. Things are left broken and sometimes irreparable. Lives are changed and we’re left with less than what we started. But reflecting on even the toughest storms I’ve encountered in the last twenty-something years – there is not one storm that has passed that I regret going through. As devastating as they are,  there are certain things that can only be cleansed, grown, and improved through these kinds of hardships.

Even though God gives and God takes, there’s one thing I know for certain. There’s nothing God has taken away where He slacked on coming through with the upgrade. Change your perspective and lose the anxiety. We’re all in this together.

Praying for you,

45 thoughts on “Hurricane Irma Musings

  1. Thank you for this! I am slowly learning that all the storms in my, even the ones I pushed myself to ender have been redeemed by God. He turns even our darkest days into sunshine. Thanks Graciela!

    1. Amen Karen! I couldn’t have said it better. With every storm there is a beautiful redemption story. Much love sister

      Graciela xx

  2. Whoa you have such a positive attitude. I hope you are doing OK. I saw some pictures and actually I’m too sensitive to continue watching. My prayers go to people affected by Irma.

    1. Thanks Vanessa! I was definitely anxious last night and this morning but I told myself I had to maintain my mental equilibrium – through thick and thin. Blessings Vanessa!

      I will update you guys once the storm passes.
      Graciela

  3. This was very well written! You’re right we were all divided and the hurricanes made us see each other as equals. I didn’t know that about the airplane but the analogy was awesome. We kissy need to rise above the negative. I’m currently on the backend of a storm and I’m learning to appreciate why it happened. This post was awesome!!!

  4. This was a great way to put a spin on the overall concept of “going through storms”. Ultimately, they are always learning experiences. Or at least they should be, otherwise we’d be going through them for no reason. I think it’s powerful that you state that there is no storm you’ve regretted going through

  5. I can totally relate as I live on the coast in Texas and my family is from the Philippines. So I’ve been through quite a number of hurricanes and typhoons myself. It’s amazing what a hurricane can do to bring out the best in people.

  6. So true. So true. It’s really hard with all this anxiety about storms. You just need to try to do your best. If you don’t have control over it just try accept it.

  7. We are weathering the storm now, and I have been getting the best sleep. I think the storms help us get to the sunshine. The worse things are the better the rebound.

  8. These are definitely some important life lessons and I agree that I’ve never regretted a storm that I’ve gotten through in my life. But at the same time, my heart is completely breaking for everyone touches by these storms – pure devastation.

  9. What a beautiful piece of writing! Being a Floridian, I can totally relate to it! Last few days were pretty hectic but I’m thankful to God that everything has passed away!

  10. I love the way you write! (like seriously in love!) It is true how you regain perspective when your routine gets shaken up a bit, and find new priorities, enjoy the little things…
    As for the anxiety, 100%agree with you, there is no point of stressing for things that have not happened yet! I live in St Lucia and had tracked Irma from the moment she showed up, trying to not stress too much with the rapidity & strength she was showing and direction she was going to. Let’s be grateful for what we have, and always hoping for the best, no matter what!

  11. Great anology on the hurricanes and how you applied them to your life. My mom has literally been watching the Hurricane news for 9 days straight like its a new reality show and worrying so much. I have stayed calmed, we live in GA and we were amongst the lucky ones that didnt have a power outage, I kept a positive outlook because after a storm the sun must shine.

  12. I love the line about the unexpected guests at Thanksgiving eating all the Mac n Cheese. Rude. 😂 I really like how you used this as a teaching moment & to remind us to be positive & see the silver lining.

  13. There’s never been a storm that I’ve regretted going through…I may have to take a lap! I know that being in the Midwest, I am quite confused as to what I can do to help, so I stay quiet, and check on my friends and family through DM or email if they have it. I know how crazy phone calls can be when they come in fast and furious, so I only call if I KNOW they need me to. Thank you for sharing with me!

  14. This is such a beautiful way of looking at it. It’s sad though that we have to get to the point where we have to go through a storm for people to realise we are all neighbours.

  15. I was watching some videos yesterday about the hurricane Irma and I am devastated. It is really scary, and I get emotional because I used to live in FLorida.

  16. Storms, whether literal or figurative serve their purpose even if it is rough in the beginning, everything afterwards is renewed and sometimes better than before. Great post.

  17. Wonderful perspective. I can’t fathom what one feels when your home is destroyed but let not the storm destroy your will, resilience and positive outlook.

  18. The hurricane had destroyed a lot of stuff but Singapore didn’t receive much of a news. Perhaps it was a little too far for us to feel the impact. But I’m glad you took it to stride!

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