I was typing an email when the desk started shaking. I figured it was our old washing machine. But the low rumble got my attention. I ran into the front room and counted two kiddos, one was away at a friend's, two more came scrambling down the stairs. My oldest shouted, "It's a tornado!" He shoved us all into the hall bathroom, including the dog.
Seconds, it was only seconds, but the impact will last for eternity. "Our we going to die Mama?" I was sitting on the toilet holding four kids and a dog... I can't describe the peace I felt at that moment. "I'm ready son, are you?" He didn't like my answer. His quick instincts had rapidly changed to panic and fear. "Don't say that!"...
The shaking stopped.
I opened the front door to find a gorgeous blue sky and a cool breeze???? Freaky. That's when I knew, earthquake. No way! In Virginia? No way! The lights never flickered, the cartoons still blared. I phoned a friend down the street to confirm that I wasn't hallucinating.We waited five minutes for the Breaking News to report 5.8..in Virginia!
My boy was rattled to his core. He paced and watched the news. Too much, this was just too much. "We're safe!", I said. "Thank the Lord, no one was hurt!" But the what ifs rolled in like a tidal wave...He stormed ALL evening.
Peace and quiet skipped right over this house tonight. It felt like I was slapping down gophers for two hours. One kid down, two hiding under the bed! Finally, the last peep was peeped, and then I heard feet coming down the stairs. My shoulders slumped, this day would never end.
"Mama, I just asked Jesus into my heart. I know I'm going to heaven when I die."
This past Sunday I cried in the pew. I bowed my head and pleaded for God to be real to my children..... It's all that I want.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.