Well, though Dennis looks as if he'll head to Alabama we decided that it was better safe than sorry and came up to Mississippi to Grandparents' house.
I told my Mom yesterday, "We evacuate 5 times every summer and nothing EVER hits! Doesn't this seem insane to anyone else?"
I haven't been alive long enough to remember the two major hurricanes that devastated New Orleans in the 60's, so I guess in a large sense I don't take hurricanes seriously.
To me, hurricane season (known as "summer" to some people) consists of watching the weather station, seeing that New Orleans is in the "likely to hit" zone, evacuating, hurricane turning east, and coming home. Repeat this scenario 5 times. After all of those false alarms, I have stopped believing that hurricanes can really hit New Orleans. This is ridiculous, of course. Anyone who remembers hurricane Betsy can attest to that.
I made an interesting "discovery" yesterday which I have discovered and rediscovered several times in the past few years: Believing something doesn't make it true.
We all know this, but it's interesting to hear people's reasoning so foundationally based on "Well, I don't believe it, therefore it's not true."
I have a wonderful friend who was in from California. She was telling me yesterday that she doesn't believe that there is a hell. My first thought was "well, that's interesting, but that doesn't lower the tempature down there one degree!"
Instead of saying "What says the scripture on this subject?" I tend to try to find an answer that pleases me and makes me feel secure and happy and make myself believe it.
Now, this is different from misinterpreting a scripture or holding a different view on it. That is not what I'm referring to. What I mean is convincing myself of a doctrine that is unbiblical without ever really looking into it simply because it would make me uncomfortable to do so.
So anyway, though I believe that a hurricane will never hit New Orleans as long as I live there, I am still evacuated to Mississippi. ;)
Oh well, in a few days I shall be off to Texas for a month...out of any projected path of any hurricane.
Speaking of which, has anyone ever had to pack for a whole month?? Talk about scary! Anticipating what you'll be doing, who you'll be seeing for that long of a period of time can be frustrating. So, my solution was: BRING IT ALL!! haha, never know when you might need 5 thousand sermon tapes, the vision forum library, lots of arts and crafts (what I have the sudden urge to knit??? must be prepared by bringing knitting needles and extra yarn...) and a million sets of cloths (two sets for every possible scenario)!
For those that I won't see until I return: farewell, dear friends!
Be nice to my mother while I'm away and drop her a line (or drop in!)