On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike made a visit to our little town. It brought with it one of the greatest tragedy’s our town has ever seen. When we first learned the news of our loss, the first emotion I felt was pure anger.Then I went numb. Our home had 4 feet of water. What does that mean? I had no idea what to expect when we got home, and nothing could have prepared me for the shock of my life. After the initial shock had worn off and we had cleaned out the house, panic took hold of me. I suddenly had the need to replace everything we lost as quickly as possible. I’m not sure why I felt like this, I had no where to put anything. But something inside me was saying “we need this, and we need that.” I think looking back I just wanted everything to be like it was again, normal. What is normal? Our version of normal would never be the same. But I was desperate for normal. The first thing I did was go out and buy brand new bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths. I went a few weeks later to my favorite store (Hobby Lobby) and bought some fall decorations that were lost in the storm. By the time we moved back in our house, we had just about everything we needed. But something changed in me. The last time I bought anything new for our home was back in January. All of a sudden, I don’t have the desire to go shopping for new things. I look around my house and can think of a million things I want to put in it, but the desire is gone. The fire has died. I miss my old things. Before the storm, I put so much importance on how my house looked, I must have gone to Hobby Lobby at least once a week to buy something new for it. But now, evening driving to the places I used to shop is hard for me. Somewhere deep inside of me I have a real fear, a fear that it could all be taken from me again. Bryan and I worked so hard for the things we had, it’s incomprehensible that it could be gone so quickly. And that’s where the moment of truth comes in. Matthew 6:19-21 says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This is the change of season I am in. Hurricane Ike may have taken everything I had, but it also made me humble again. The things of this earth are temporary, but God’s kingdom is forever. For the first time in a very long time I am growing closer to God, storing up my treasures in heaven. He has been my rock through all of it. This weekend for the first time in a almost 5 months I’m going shopping for some new things for the house. Not sure if I will actually buy anything, but I’m making progress. Thank you Lord for making me humble again.