Last Wednesday afternoon I received a phone call from Huntsville, Alabama that seemed to be of no alarm. My cousin was calling to check on me and see if the inclement weather was affecting Nashville. Ironically, this was the second “check up” call that came through that day and I knew nothing about this inclement weather that everyone was referring to. Honestly, I did not even wear a jacket that day, so I really wasn’t prepared for the striking of a natural disaster just 100 miles down I-65!
Later that day I spoke with my cousin again and she told me that there were several tornado watches in effect for the rest of the day. At that time she also mentioned that the electricity had gone out across the city but assured me that they would be okay. I told her that I would call her back later that evening but never did. Unbeknownst to me, the next few hours would prove to be fatal as several tornados ripped through the state, destroying everything that was caught in their paths. Homes and businesses where torn apart and the casualties were numerous.
The next day I found how just how serious the storms were and immediately began wondering about the safety of my cousin and her family. As expected, contacting her was a bit challenging with phone service out of commission. Thus, we played phone tag all morning and afternoon. She mentioned on one of her many messages of distress that everyone was ok but she wanted me to come pick her up because the power outage was expected to last days. Instantly, a part of me wanted to act as if I didn’t get the message or maybe just “forget” to call her back… But the other side of me kept praying to Jesus to discredit those selfish feelings and thoughts! And suddenly I got my confirmation as to what God wanted me to do…“Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22) was on replay in my head. So what if I didn’t feel like driving two hours! So what if the odometer in my car was steadily increasing! So what if I would be inconvenienced for a few days! God told me what had to be done and it was time for me to put ME aside and be obedient!
On Friday morning I did as I was told and hit the highway. On my ride I talked with God and realized what this lesson entailed! He clearly told to me that it is NOT all about me! “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10) God revealed to me that I prayed for their safety but in the same breath I prayed that He would find them a ride to Nashville so that I didn’t have to go get them. The whole time He wanted me to learn humility and take myself out of the situation and do as He instructed me. Lord knows I am trusting and believing Him for the impossible, but am I ready to do what He requires to get what He has for me?!
After our chat I entered the city limits and witnessed firsthand the devastation of the aftermath. I praised God endlessly that I was even able to pick my loved ones up and not have to identify them or their belongings! Everything that I griped about were things that were inside my box, but it’s not always about me and what I feel or think; it’s about doing what my Daddy asks of me!
Thank you for loving me despite of my selfish ways. As I continue on this Christian journey, help me to be obedient to Your word and praise Your name in the midst of it all! Teach me to be humble that I may be able to know that it’s NOT all about me but rather this spiritual warfare that I fight daily is so you can get the glory at the end! In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!
Just last week we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus, so I urge you ladies to take time to EMPOWER yourself this week to obey the one who died for your sins! A man that LOVED me enough to give His life is truly one that I am willing to follow and obey forever…what about YOU?
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She is a full time Workforce Analyst with Sprint Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17