It did not take me long to see the lesson. I thought I was doing great in my preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Food was prepared, we had plenty of water, flashlights, batteries, and all of our technology was charged in case power went out. I wasn’t uncomfortable with the preparation. I’ve done this before. I called my mother to make sure she had everything she needed. She was ready but concerned about the storm. I tried to reassure her.
“We’ll be fine mom. This doesn’t seem to be any worse than Hurricane Irene, last year.”
“Yeah, but they keep saying on the news that they haven’t seen a storm like this before.”
I heard her, but put her words aside. I needed to stay positive. This was just a thunderstorm having a hissy fit! I wasn’t scared of Sandy! Pfft! She wasn’t to going to get me nervous! Then the wind started blowing, the rain started pelting the house. I watched the news and saw the flooding, downed wires, major cities shut down and such. Friends on Facebook were reporting outages and flooding in their area. Before the height of the storm, one friend posted videos he took on his way home showing traffic lights blown off of the wire.
I underestimated Miss Sandy.
When I was awakened shortly after midnight with wind blowing down the street sounding something like a wind tunnel, I decided to pack some bags just in case my family and I had to evacuate.
Then the thought hit me: I haven’t lived long enough to say, “I’ve done this before! This storm isn’t going to be so bad.” I can say it. But I can’t guarantee it.
I can hear a bunch of you shouting at your monitors “Speak to your storm, Nike! You have that authority to say ‘peace be still.'” I know. But, I’m not talking about authority. I’m talking about WISDOM.
Wisdom says that every storm it different. Every battle is different. They may have similar characteristics, but there may be elements of the situation that one is unable to anticipate because the battle or storm involves different people, places, and things.
Sandy’s path shifted slightly and sped up. The storm did not hit my town dead on as originally predicted. Sandy taught me, that I can’t take anything for granted.
Wisdom says: Prepare as much as possible, and be aware of the differences from one situation to the next, expect the best and worst outcomes and be prepared to adjust to changes quickly.