June 15, 2010

Lessons Learned in the Thick of the OKC Storms

Posted in News at 12:28 am by Jennifer

I woke up yesterday morning at three or four to the joyful sound of thunder.  I went to the bathroom and noticed that it was raining pretty heavy.  For the next couple of hours, I attempted to sleep, but alas, the thunder didn’t allow it.  I went to bed late, so I was pretty tired.  Lily woke up at seven.  Way too early.  I wasn’t awake, as I am not a morning person.  It continued to rain.  I was thinking about going to the gym as the morning progressed, but Mike called me and told me to not go anywhere.  Apparently, it took him an hour and a half to get to work.

Around noon, I watched in shock as I saw on the television how high the flood waters were.  It was reported that we got 9.5″ of rain in approximately 13 hours.  I saw on Facebook pictures of people riding jet skis and boats up and down the flood planes trying to perform rescue operations.  Crazy, huh?

Oklahoma City Fire Dept. rescue crews take 2 boys and their dog to high ground in Edmond, Okla, after flood waters inundated a number of homes in the area, Monday, June 14, 2010.

Image from http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2010/06/14/heavy_storm_cause_flash_flooding_in_oklahoma_city/

Here are some lessons that can be learned from today:

1.  Be flexible.  Stuff happens that we don’t plan.

2.  Sometimes it can take longer than expected to get where you want to go.  I am horrible about being late to everything, so I need to learn to give myself extra time.

3.  Unexpected events turn into blessings.  I got a nap in and Mike came home early!  He wanted to avoid traffic in case the floods were still a problem, but it only took him 15 minutes to get home.  I was pretty worried about him getting home too!

4.  Pray!  When disasters happen, it opens your eyes to other people and the struggles that they face.  Prayer helps!

All in all, everything turned out okay for Mike, Lily, and I.  There are still people out there who are hurting in OKC due to the storm.  I am going to keep on praying!