For most of the afternoon, the weather radio has been going off in the living room. My iPhone has a weather app that has also been going off with all kinds of warnings. There is lightning on the way. There is the possibility of heavy rain. There is the likelihood of some strong winds. There will be big, burly, gray clouds up in the sky. Oh well. A normal, summer storm for us. (And it may not even show up. Weathermen!)
Anyway, there’s usually lots of forewarning for these storms. As I sit here looking out at the sun that is slowly being obscured by the clouds, it occurs to me that there are lots of other things that we receive a great deal of forewarning for, is there not? A financial professional friend of my friend once said, “Investing in our children is important because we need to think about the dividends we will receive – or not – when they grow up.” He gets it. We can sense what is coming later if we want to, can’t we?
In the case of the storm coming in right now, I’ve made sure the doors are closed, windows secured, trashcans put away, and so forth. What do we do when we see a relational storm coming? Do we prepare or simply decide to do nothing in preparation?
When Dorothy saw the storm coming, she wasn’t able to get into the storm cellar. We know what happened to her – she ended up in Oz! Odd how we prepare for a summer storm better than we prepare for relationship storms. Or maybe we like to be permanent residents of Oz?