Recently, I (Alice) was happily cruising down the highway, driving back to Illinois from Ohio, when a huge storm hit. One minute there were a few drops of rain, and then in a flash it hit hard, pounding down in a fury and blurring my world into a wall of grey. I couldn’t see the highway, the other cars, or where I was going. Everything in me, all my instincts, told me to stop the car. But of course stopping was the worst thing I could do, since it would cause the cars behind me to crash into me.
Instead, I slowed down some, took some deep breaths, pushed my fear aside, and stayed the course. Keep on driving, I told myself. Follow the tail lights ahead. Trust that I’ll get through to the other side of the storm.
Life brings many kinds of storms, sometimes more than one at a time -- like the storms our world is suffering through right now.
And what we’re doing right now is similar to what I did as I drove through that rain. Get through the troubles by keeping on, even though we may feel like stopping, curling up into a ball, and hiding. We push those feelings aside, stay the course, and trust that we’ll get to the other side.
We will. This storm will pass, and as it happened on my drive, oh how bright the sun will feel when it does!
Alan B. Havis and Alice B. McGinty