Received this today, and just really appreciated it.
Monday, June 17, 2013 by Cara Yakel
Cara is from Moore, Oklahoma. She calls May 20, the day the tornado hit, “the day that has changed every single thing I thought I knew about our lives and our faith.” After thinking “about a million times” about what to write about her experience, Cara says “I have decided to stop waiting for the perfect words-but to just open my heart to anyone who wants to read.” What follows is part of her story.
Never before have we truly appreciated the simple gift of being able to go to church and worship God. Earlier this week, Keagan asked, “Since we don’t have a house anymore, will we still go to church?” We looked at each other with tearful smiles and told him “YES, we will go to church because we can’t wait to go tell God ‘Thank You for rescuing us!'”
We sang a song that we have sung so many times before, but until tonight has never meant what it does to us. “Never once did we ever walk alone. Never once did You leave us on our own. You are faithful, God, You are faithful. Every step we are breathing in Your grace. Ever more we’ll be breathing out Your praise. You are faithful, God, You are faithful.”
This may sound really crazy to some, but we feel blessed to have had this happen to us.
Because now we can stand and sing those lyrics, KNOWING what they mean. We walk around with our children, understanding what a MIRACLE life is. We can look into each other’s eyes and KNOW now more than ever that nothing on this planet can tear our marriage apart. We wake up and hear our two-year-old’s bare feet smacking the linoleum floor and we smile, even though it’s 6:15 in the morning and he should still be sleeping!
We feel sadness, believe it or not, for those who cannot see life in this way like we can now. We certainly never imagined that God would reveal Himself to us in THIS way, but we rejoice over it because we know Him more deeply now, more richly. When I woke up that Monday morning, He was my Savior. I loved Him then and wanted to live for Him. But today . . . today He is my everything.