Scenario #1: I woke up Tuesday morning earlier than normal so I just decided to get up, do my normal morning routine, then head to the office. It had
rained stormed part of the night, but that was okay. Well, not quite, because when I got to the office I noticed it was pitch black, except for the Emergency lights inside. A tree had taken down a power line. Anyway, I found my way around, grabbed my computer and a couple of books and headed back home. Minor inconvenience.
Scenario #2: I was able to go for a bike ride Tuesday since the sun came out and with the help of the breeze, dried the pavement. Did I say breeze? I should have said, “Strong winds” (15-18 mph with gusts to 23). The kind that make a cyclist feel like he is working extra hard and going nowhere. But at least I was able to ride. Minor inconvenience.
Scenario #3: A couple months ago I received a call on a Sunday morning at 1:00 from the alarm company. The church building’s alarm was going off. They had already dispatched the police. Really? 1:00 on a Sunday morning? Do you know what I have to do in about 3 hours? Get up! As far as we can tell the strong winds rattled an inadequately locked door which set off the alarm. Minor inconvenience.
Scenario #4: (Go back to scenario #1 for a moment). I turned on my computer and always check my email first. There was one waiting for me from Floyd, asking me to pray for a fellow blogger (TC). I had no clue why since I had gone TVless on Monday night. It wasn’t until I checked the news that I heard about the twister that devastated Oklahoma. TC and her family live near OKC. I shot off an email to Craig Groeschel, pastor of Lifechurch, who also lives near OKC. Floyd heard from TC; I heard from Craig.
Now you see why I called the first three scenarios “Minor inconveniences?“ What seemed such a big deal when it happened (except I will take a bike ride in windy weather and not complain), suddenly loses it sting-its oomph-when put on the scales of real life experiences. As I write this the death toll stands at 24. That is, of course, 24 too many. But it also puts things into perspective. What is a minor inconvenience of getting up for an alarm? Least I was able to get up out of my own bed. What is a minor inconvenience of no power for about 4-5 hours when hundreds will be without power, even a house, for days and possibly months? What is a minor inconvenience of riding in tiring winds? Least I was able to get on my bike and ride without having to look at total devastation.
So much of what
we I go through are minor inconveniences compared to the bigger picture. I don’t know about you, but I need to pause stop and take a look at the bigger picture. What does your picture look like? Oh, and pray for the folks in OKC.