For the past couple of days, I've been emailing a lady back and forth trying to set up a time that I could meet her to exchange some things. She had a baby walker I wanted, and I had somethings I was trading her for it. We decided to meet this afternoon. She lived about halfway between a couple of places I frequent, so I was originally going to meet her at the southern place, but as I was writing the email, changed my mind and put the northern place. As I got there, I called my hubby to have him check my email to see what vehicle they were driving (since I hadn't checked it before leaving my house). As I was on the phone with him, it started hailing, some store employees were running up and down the front of the store, pointing to the southern sky and taking head counts of how many people were in the parking lot. That made me nervous, so I got Terra out of the suburban, and went into and alcove off to the side of the entrance and started talking to one of the truckers standing there and he told me there had been a tornado just a minute or two prior. We started examining the sky further and saw a few more clouds that looked like possibilities of tornados, so I took Terra inside (after meeting up with the people I had gone there to meet), and we got drinks and a chocolate cake to share. As we sat there, they had the Weather Channel going and it was showing flashes of what was going on around Denver. It kind of scared me and I texted Chris to have him call me and tell me when the warnings had passed so that I knew when it was safe to come home (it's a 20 mile drive for me). After we'd finished our snack, the skies were starting to somewhat clear and I decided to go outside to take a look at the clouds, and then Chris called and said it was probably safe to venture home.
Terra and I jumped in the car and I had a very nervous feeling, so we said a prayer that we'd be safe and protected, and that the Lord would comfort those already effected by the storm, and then we set off. We'd gone probably 8-ish miles and a bunch of rescue crews rushed past me on the freeway, so I slowed my pace up a bit (the roads were wet and I'd seen people hydroplane), and within a mile, I saw the cause for the rush. It looked like the wind (maybe the beginnings of a tornado?) had picked up a semi and thrown it on its side about 20-30 feet from the shoulder. There was already a news crew present. A couple more cars were involved too. About a mile past that, I startd to get blown all over the road, so I hit the 4-wheel drive button (thinking that it might be a mixture of water on the road and the winds). Pretty quick, you could almost see the water flying from the ground in the wind bursts that were happening all around me! I started to almost panic and then I heard a familiar song playing through the stereo system. I turned it up and heard the words to the 3rd verse of the Hymn How Firm a Foundation (85).
Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
Imediately I felt at peace, knowing that because of that prayer we said before starting home, the Lord was promising me that we'd make it home alright. I was still a bit nervous in a few places, but still KNEW that we'd be ok! I'm grateful for that reassurance that the Lord gives us when we do what he expects us to! All will be alright, just have faith!!