I love how well my kids nap when it’s cloudy and rainy out. We had a fun, lively morning at the pool today before coming home, watching a half hour of “Up” and then kiddos going down for naps. I have always loved rainy weather and storms, and this is just another reason why.
Last week, however, the stormy weather got a little out of hand. Last Monday morning, because of 76 mph straight line winds, we lost power, and I was having flashbacks to the movie Twister because the lightning looked like a strobe light with no thunder. We didn’t have power for two entire days, had roof and tree damage, but thankfully everyone is all right.
Our little city suffered mainly tree damage and everything that comes with it, and the Ameren (power company) workers were desperately trying to get power back for more than half the county that lost it because of downed power lines. It was a hard few days, getting our yard cleaned up, figuring things out with our insurance, trying to feed our family with no ability to cook or refrigerate food, and endless worry over all these things.
The gospel for this past Sunday was Matthew 11:25-30.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
After the previous week, we definitely needed a break. God can give us that break from worry. If we can just trust in Him, there is no reason to worry about anything. He cares about us, and He has a plan for us. He’ll give us rest if we just rely on Him.
For now, I’m totally at peace because God has truly worked things out. Our insurance is paying for our roof, and my parents never lost power during the whole ordeal, so they were able to store some food for us and help us with meals.
And now all three maniacs are getting their rest because of this great napping weather.
Oh how He loves us!