Happy Monday: 3 Things I learned from Hurricane Matthew
This past weekend was quite an eventful one. Hurricane Matthew made his debut on the East Coast, severely impacting Florida, parts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Prior to making landfall on the coast, Hurricane Matthew practically destroyed Haiti, leaving over 900 people dead. Needless to say, it was a super scary experience, however, I managed to pick out 3 things that Hurricane Matthew taught me.
1. Preparation over Procrastination
Sometimes you have to get out of your level of comfort and take heed to professional advice. At first, I totally did not FEEL like going to the grocery store and preparing for this storm. I didn't FEEL like putting gas in my car and stocking up on water. But who am I to not be thankful for having the opportunity and resources to do so. My parents are still without power, food is low because the grocery stores are without power. Without power, the meats that are sold, cannot remain fresh, and eventually become contaminated. The water pressure is low in their city and eventually, the water will become scarce. These are all things, that I almost took for granted. (Needless to say, I'm headed to pick up my parents and bring them to me). However, procrastination could have placed my child, husband and myself in a bad situation.
2. I Am Blessed
Hurricane Matthew was a deadly hurricane, claiming the lives of over 900 people in Haiti alone. Those numbers are devastating and scary to say the very least. I didn't know what to expect of the storm, however, I knew what it was capable of. In the same thought, I knew what my GOD was capable of. Knowing who God is and what he can do, made me rest alot easier the night of the storm. I really realized how blessed I was when I woke up the next day (1st blessing), my family were all safe (second blessing) and we suffered no damages or power outages. There were over 827,000 people in SC alone without power. Over 30,000 were right here in my city without power. That's unbelievable. I realized I can no longer take simple things like electricity and clean, running water for granted. Over the last 24 hours, I've realized the importance of having resources. The people of Haiti lacked resources and the storm was able to destroy them completely. So sometimes its the simple things we have to be appreciative for.
3. Be Still. God got this
My Brow Bar 101 course was initially scheduled for this past Sunday, however, I postponed it until next Sunday due to the storm. I knew there was (still is) and abundance of people without power, and I wanted them to be able to receive the same LIVE experience. I'll have to admit, I was a little bummed about having to post pone the class. I didn't know how I would reschedule this course, because so many people registered. I didn't want to look like I bailed on them or I let them down. But God made it easy for me. I sent out a mass email to all of the attendees and it was a very smooth transition. In the process of rescheduling the course, God gave me an AMAZING idea for an upcoming project. So #BOOM it worked out even better.
I'm so proud to say that hours later, (I started this post earlier today), Mom and Dad and most of my hometown now have power. This whole hurricane situation was a humbling event. I saw families come together and spend quality time with their children....no electronics...no TV...just quality time. I saw communities come together to make sure everyone was safe and eating. I was able to witness numerous of acts of kindness transcend among races. It was such a beautiful event...so you see..what the enemy sometimes means for bad, GOD turns it around for good.