Having grown up all my life in Kansas, Dorothy’s neighborhood (think Wizard of Oz,) tornados were our biggest terror.
Even though they can be frightening, you can do something to protect yourself from a tornado. Even though people in less windy parts of the country find them a horror that can’t be lived with, in Kansas it’s just business as usual.
When I moved to California in the 70s, my mom kept begging me to come home. Even then, it was predicted that one day the “Big One” (earthquake) would break the state off into the ocean and drown us all without a moment’s notice. But I loved it there so I decided to live life to the fullest and take my chances.
The difference between earthquakes and tornados is that in a quake, there’s really nowhere to hide and no warning of one approaching so you can try to protect yourself.
We now live in terrorism country, where some person or persons can all of a sudden create the same kind of fear. Unlike a tornado, there is no advance warning. When you are in the midst of a situation it’s too late to wish you were back in Kansas.
In this unsettling time, instead of letting your fear take over, remember that life on earth is always risky business. I could walk across the street and be hit by a car. Your heart could stop beating tomorrow.
Now, more than ever, we need to look more deeply at the life behind the life we seem to be living to our bigger life, the eternal one.
Why am I here in the first place and am I ready to be called home to my bigger life at any moment?
Do I trust, have faith that I will be taken care of here and through eternity?
Have I loved well?
Have I taken the time to really know the people in my life?
Is there anything important that I have left unsaid?
With these important things handled, let us go fearlessly into our days knowing that while we are here…. We live a life of great worth.