Sunday, Suzy and I were glued to The Weather Channel as Hurricane Ida made landfall and headed to New Orleans. More importantly from our perspective, was the fate of our daughter and her family who live in NO. Not to keep you in suspense, they are fine and their home is intact. They will tell you they are fortunate. Now comes the hard part, as millions must endure weeks, if not months, without power, flooded homes, loss of a lifetime’s worth of possessions, no cell, water, or sewer service, the list of devastation goes on and on. They will rebuild, endure, and their lives will go on with the help of the nation and individual stories of heroism, generosity, and love.
On Monday, after making sure my daughter and her family were okay, I realized I was exhausted with concern. There had been nothing I could do but watch the news and worry about what destruction Ida would bring. Interestingly, at that moment, a school bus rode by, and I thought, “Why are they going to school?” It was as if it was wrong to go about a normal day in Charlotte. I carried that feeling with me all day as I did exactly what seemed wrong — going about a normal day, while part of the world had just been demolished. I had this same feeling during Katrina and 9/11. Perhaps you have felt this way before?
If we do enjoy free will, and I believe we do, these past few days have given me a small insight into God. He must sit and watch as our lives unfold for good or bad, and although he may wish to intervene he doesn’t, but it doesn’t stop him from being concerned. I love my Daughter and her family with all my heart, as I do all my children and their families, and yes, even though all my children no longer need their Dad, I will never stop caring and at times being concerned — A Father’s Concern.