The Week we Lost Power and Heat, but Gained Perspective
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Well, after a craaaazy week of wild weather, we finally got our cable and internet back. We got hit hard here in Eastern Pennsylvania with snow, ice, and widespread power outages. My daughter had school for a total of three hours last week. My family of four slept one chilly night on the floor of our family room huddled around our fireplace feeling thankful that we at least had a heat source to get us through the night. But, it was only one night. Many of our friends weren't as lucky. We also felt thankful that none of our 80 foot trees fell on our house or caused any serious damage. Once our power returned we were then thankful that we had a guest room for our sweet friends to stay in while they waited for their power to return. Their house remained dark and bitter cold for four long days. Thank you PECO for working around the clock to restore power in our huge county!
I was reflecting on our short little stint of "going without". And I put quotations around that because it certainly wasn't a hardship as compared to the majority of the world. But I did feel a bit silly thinking through how dependent we have become on things like lights, heat, internet, cable tv, and all the electric appliances that make our home run smoothly. God bless the invention of the washing machine.
But I also became aware of how good I truly have it. We have money to go to a restaurant for a warm meal, or even stay in a hotel if we have to. We have a fireplace, blankets, warm clothes, and iPhones to stay connected. We have cars with gas in them. And we have friends and neighbors to keep our spirits up.
As I write this, more snow is falling. Apparently February has decided to keep the punches rolling. I'll admit I've been a bit whiny this winter. You aren't gonna find me living for the moment and soaking up the present. Let's be clear.... I AM LIVING FOR THE SUMMER. Yet... after spending just a few short days doing without the luxuries I take for granted every day, I have felt a strong desire to praise God for this long hard winter. For the reminder that he always provides. For the reminder that we have a home that could bless another family last week. And that sometimes, sitting around the living room laughing by candlelight and cuddled up in a pile of blankets with your family makes for a more memorable life.
"You, Eternal One, are my sustenance and my life-giving cup. In that cup, You hold my future and my eternal riches. My home is surrounded in beauty; You have gifted me with abundance and a rich legacy." -Psalm 16:5-6