If losing two houses in tornadoes has taught me anything, it's that everything happens for a reason. As a Christian, I believe that with my entire being.
The odds of getting hit by a tornado in the same spot are slim to none. I even came across an article that said the odds were 1 & 100 trillion.
I've always joked with James about how we tend to beat all odds. LOL
With these odds, I have to believe there is a reason this has happened. In fact, the minute I walked out of the storm shelter and saw the destruction, the reason for the outcomes of several things over the past year became very clear as to why. Some of them were little things that might seem silly but still….
The first thing that came to mind was our failed FET cycle. I was devastated when our beta came back negative. I was just sure we would have at least one more baby with this cycle. God knew better. I can't imagine if I had been pregnant though all of this and then getting sick and the tornado cough. Being as sick and exhausted as I was, I would have probably ended up in the hospital or would have lost the baby. Everything happens for a reason.
Another thing, which is kind of silly, but when we went to Dallas just a couple weeks before and made a trip to IKEA, we ended up not buying the furniture pieces we went for because we didn't have room in my little mid-size SUV after all the luggage & baby stuff. All of that would have been gone or completely damaged. Everything happens for a reason.
In the weeks before the tornado, we had been talking about doing a big purge and some updating to the house. Although I don't always get it, God has a big sense of humor. We no longer have to purge and we now get to do some updating….more than we had planned actually. Thanks God.
Everything happens for a reason…..even the small things.
Things happening for a reason go beyond our little bubble. I have been told over and over again by out of state relief workers how amazed they are by our community. The Red Cross volunteer that helped me told me he thought his hometown was the best place to live but after being in Moore and talking to the people, he wanted to move here. :) We are a testament to the world of how strong people can be if they just come together and work for the greater good.
The ultimate reason things happen?
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to his purpose. ~Romans 8:28
God gets all the glory. He makes the best out of bad situations. I am proof of that. We all go through trials but the best part? If we are faithful and believe that God is greater than all the bad things of the world, he will provide for us and we will come out of them better than before.
Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend!