Thursday, August 30, 2012

Feeling Thankful Today

I haven’t written much about this because at first I didn’t think it was my story. It happened while I was in Italy, so I wasn’t really that involved.

But the more I think about it, and the more I talk to people about it, the more I see that it IS part of my story, so I’m going to write about it.

And also, Hurricane Isaac is making me think about storms.

On July 1, our town was hit suddenly by a severe thunderstorm. Those happen here—we’re used to them—but this storm was unusual from what I understand. The suddenness and the severity were intense, catching everyone by surprise. They called it a “land hurricane,” whatever that is.

I won’t go into the details because the details aren’t part of my story (I was halfway around the world, remember?), but you have to know that the storm hit just after noon on a Sunday. My husband and daughter, who drove separate cars, were just coming home from church.

What happened next IS part of my story.

This is my husband’s car.

 The car where he was trapped for 20 minutes until my daughter (who, thankfully, was in the basement of our house) found him.

When I got word in Italy about what happened (via Facebook, I might add!) I kind of shrugged and told someone, “Gee, there was a really bad storm at home. My husband was trapped in his car for 20 minutes under a tree.”

The Italian guy looked at me and said, “You are so calm. How can you be so calm about this? Do you have storms often?”

I explained that the Midwest is known for having thunderstorms and tornadoes. It’s just something we live with.

I hadn’t seen the pictures yet.

 The next day when B posted pictures on Facebook, I realized, fully, what had happened.

My husband, my rock, my friend, the love of my life, could have been killed.


I have laughed about it since then, now that I can laugh about it, now that he’s here and he’s fine. But when I really sit in silence and think about what could have happened, how I could right now be trying to pick up the pieces of my life after a tragic accident, I realize that I have much to be thankful for.

And that’s why I’m writing today.

I’m thankful that my husband wasn’t hurt worse. Aside from some scrapes and bruises and a few shards of glass in his arm, he was not hurt.

Thank you, Lord.

I’m thankful that my daughter, who was driving a tiny car that day, was not the one to be trapped under the tree because the outcome for her could have been much different.

Thank you, Lord.

I’m thankful, selfishly, that B wasn’t driving my car that day because his car was a company car, and his company handled all the details of towing the car away, paying for a rental, and getting him a new car. Such an amazing blessing that I do NOT take for granted.

Thank you, Lord.

Mostly today, I am thankful for the husband that God has given me and that He has given us even a few more days together. I don’t know what will happen in the future, I certainly know that accidents happen, but I know we have today and for that I am thankful.

Now tell me, what are YOU thankful for today?



  1. I was going to be flip & be thankful for a husband who gets me coffee when I work from home.

    I'm thankful for the daily grind & challenges of the life God has gifted me with. Thankful for the teeniest of victories, unexpected friendships, and the love I'm surrounded with.

  2. It was a scary storm. We had some wild stories from that day and also praise God for his protection through it.

    I am so thankful B was safe. We saw your house and yard that day after literally taking 4 or 5 different routes to get family members home, but didn't realize until later he had been in the car when it happened!

    I like your question, what am I thankful for today. I hadn't reflected on this today until you asked. I'd say my mom moving here safely, her house selling, my family, job, friends, our church, and God's love and kindness toward one like me. So thankful and glad you asked to stir up my heart with thanksgiving. And I'm thankful for you!

  3. I am thankful that Isaac came very close, but not enough to cause any serious damage. I am thankful for more things than I could list. But right now I'm thankful that I found this article! Because it reminded me that I am very blessed. Awesome post, bravo!

  4. Thanks, Carolyn. You are blessed in so many ways.

    Katie, wow! I'm so glad you're o.k. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. My story: We were heading home from camping two weeks ago when we got the call that my childhood home had been destroyed by a fire. The house was still owned by my family, but rented out.
    I didn't think it bothered me since it is just a house, but when I saw the photos on the news and went to see the damage myself, I burst into tears.
    The memories of my life there poured out of the charred walls. God shows his love for us through everything - even an old house.
    I am thankful for all those years in that home, that no one was hurt in the fire, and how God continually surrounds me as life beats down the door.
    Thank you for sharing your story. It has touched my heart.