Many of you have heard about hurricane Irma, the strongest storm on record that swept through the Caribbean Islands and Florida. While its been over a week since the storm, we are all still recuperating and adjusting back to normal.

It was a scary storm, but I saw God’s protection and provision clearly through it. For even the winds know His name!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”  – Psalm 46:1-3

Eric and I are blessed with such gracious family that made us feel at home as we hopped from house to house until our own home was available to us again. The night of the hurricane we stayed with my family. We killed the time by watching movies, snacking (so much food!), playing games, and watching the winds outside. Fortunately my parents’ home never lost power, though many around us did.

Hurricane Irma family

Hurricane Irma card games

The morning after the storm we took a walk around the neighborhood to assess the damage. As you can see from the photos, we were fortunate in that the storm didn’t cause much destruction like it did in the Keys and Caribbean Islands. Just a lot of debris, which led to a lot of yard work. But thats okay.

Hurricane Irma Orlando aftermath

You can see the beauty that came from this storm when neighbors and friends left their homes to help others with the clean-up. People donating clothes, foods, and goods to others more severely affected by the Irma. Its beautiful, and it’s inspiring, and its Christ’s love.

If you feel led to help, you can find more information here with the Mission to North America – Disaster Response.