Dorothy is not the only one to know what a tornado is.
If you live in Oklahoma you have more than likely experienced the sound of a tornado siren or two.
I glanced at my phone Monday afternoon to see the current temperature. This is what I also saw on the weekly weather forcast.
Thunderstorms, some severe, tomorrow night; there is a significant threat for tornadoes
This came as no surprise. Nothing new to someone who grew up here. April through June is tornado season in Oklahoma. It seems as though the meteorologists usually exaggerate the storms severity, at least here in Tulsa, so it did not worry me. Although I did say a prayer for protection for our dear state that’s been hit far too many times.
All day yesterday everyone at work kept checking the weather. Conditions were supposed to be perfect for tornadoes. We had children, and that meant outside recess. Their safety was of our utmost concern.
Our afternoon recess was cut short due to lightning, and we did have a quick shower, but no tornadoes. But, It quickly passed.
Still no more rain or tornadoes. After dinner my dad and I recovered a few flashlights from the flashlight Easter egg hunt bag that was in easy access. We knew they still had good batteries in them. I found a lighter that worked and made a mental note of where several of the jar candles I’d received from Christmas and Teacher Appreciation Week were in case we lost power. I would grab a few throw blankets off the couch for comfort if we actually went into the bathroom. To the downstairs bathroom we would go, with the dogs. We had a plan. We were ready. Funny how desensitized you get when you live in a climate that frequents inclement weather.
Just as promised the sirens began around 10:00 PM. Outside, on TV, and on my phone. There is a siren right outside our home, so we definitely heard it. And so did the dogs. Howling times four.I had my daughter’s dogs there too. I wasn’t about to confine us all to the small bathroom just yet. I’d take my chances.
After an hour of sirens the three rotations spotted passed the Tulsa area. All was well.
I surveyed the property this morning as I went out for the morning paper. No damage. God was good. He offered us protection from the storm.
Whatever storms you may be facing in your life, know God is near. To protect you. To offer a safe haven against them. Just like the storm shelters, bathrooms, closets, etc. we run to for safety from our storms, God is there waiting for you with open arms. Run to Him.
Be safe. It’s tornado season. And just like Dorothy, never forget, “There’s no place like home.” Home is where your heart is. Place it in safekeeping with Jesus.
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Love and laughter,