In the midst of the thousand mile storm God showed great mercy. Yes, people were stranded. Yes, children were stuck at school. Yes, cars were tangled up like shoestrings you accidentally run through the washing machine. Problems? Many. Disaster? Absolutely.
And while the unfolding chaos ensued I kept wondering when will the power go out? When will enough ice form on the power lines to cause the lines to snap like fresh pole beans, leaving these cities in total darkness and freezing cold temperatures?
Enter God’s mercy. Alabama Power reported statewide outages to 13,600 customers as of Wednesday morning, most of those being in the Mobile area. Remember Mobile had been warned of the coming storm, so people in that area were prepared. No school, no work – power trucks lined up like a 4 year old’s Matchbox cars just ready to repair the lines, no abandoned cars blocking the streets. And most were back online in a very short time. Mercy.
And if the majority of the power trucks were in south Alabama, guess where they weren’t located? Birmingham. So perhaps a bigger picture of God’s mercy was the lack of power outages in the major cities of Birmingham and Atlanta Tuesday night. And even if they had been nearby, their ability to get to the problem locations would have been greatly hampered by the hundreds of accidents and thousands of abandoned cars. Mercy.
We are almost on the other side of this disaster. And yes we’ve experienced great headaches and heartaches. But in the middle of every disaster we can experience God’s mercy if we will only seek it, as thousands of people did through prayer. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Thank you God for your great mercy in our time of need.
Let the warm-up begin!