Over the past week, the Vandalia area has experienced several severe thunderstorms, large amounts of rainfall, and flooding like this area has not seen in some time.
We ended a long week late Monday night with a storm featuring a lightning show and high winds that forced several baseball games to come to an abrupt end.
Fortunately, I haven’t heard any reports of injuries due to the storms and the flooding.
As every storm hits our area, our family seeks information to determine if we need to seek shelter in a home with a basement, etc.
We also take the time to ask for God’s hedge of protection around our family, our home, our neighbors, and the Vandalia area.
After every storm, we go on back to our previously scheduled activities while giving praise to an almighty God for the protection He has once again provided us.
After Monday’s storm, I couldn’t help but think it’s important that none of us take His protection for granted.
Our community could, in the blink of an eye, be devastated by storms that have hit places like Joplin or Moore, Oklahohma.
Fortunately, our area seems mostly immune from tornadoes.
My hope is that many Vandalia area residents never get too complacent when we receive storm warnings. We need to seek proper shelter and pray these storms continue to bypass our area. May we also remember to be thankful after each storm passes us by with no deaths or injuries.
While crops, homes, and properties might be damaged due to these storms, at least these things are replaceable. We can never replace a human life if lost to these storms.