Loving One Another

The Temporary Squall

Do you ever feel as if you are living under a squall? Ever feel like that storm seems to be pouring down on you while everyone around you is living in the sunshine? We have those kinds of storms here in Montana. I recorded one on my iPhone yesterday. I tried uploading the video here, but maybe the file is too big for our WordPress format. I’ll put it on my Facebook page if I can. Go there to see “The Squall” at http://www.janbeekman.facebook.com. It was a sight to behold. I began thinking about sights we behold daily – and how what we see alters our mood. If I were in Aurora today – seeing the misery, feeling the grief, agony and pain of loss, I’d know I was in a squall. I’d wonder if the whole world was raining craziness. My heart goes out to those people who have lost loved ones.

In our Writers of Madison County “free write” time today, the topic was “Something You See Everyday.” I didn’t write about a squall. Those are not a daily occurrence. But, the squall was included in the thoughts. Here is where my mind meandered today:

Even without a mirror, I see myself every day. Even if I were blind, I’d see myself. The self I see and care about most is not what a mirrored reflection reveals. It’s what I am inside – where only God and I can view and feel it. My breath, the pulsation of blood through my veins, my motives, the hidden emotions…  I feel the serenity of the Holy Spirit living in me. I see a woman at peace. I see a woman struggling at times with the temptations common to all humankind: greed, selfishness, self-centeredness, shortness of temper, anger, envy. But, I see these emotions as only a temporary squall.  They pass. The goodness, the generosity, love, self-control, and gratitude win out. I see the struggle everyday. But ultimately, I see the outcome. The squall passes. Sunshine emerges. Serenity abides.

What do you see everyday? Do you see yourself? Are you in a temporary squall?  It will pass.

Comments on: "The Temporary Squall" (4)

  1. I think this is my favorite blog that you’ve written, ma. Very insightful and thought-provoking…..I will try to let my sunshine out with my customers today!


    • Thank you, DeDe, for your visit to my blog and for your feedback. I always love your sunshine! You brighten my day!! I love you ❤


  2. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!


    • Maybe it wasn’t off topic at all! My comments about the temporary squall reflected on the idea that people in a frenzy think the whole world is in a frenzy. Your 4 year old will make that generalization and think all sea shells contain hermit crabs, rather than realizing it was a temporary, isolated incident – – – unless you take her back and teach her differently. You can squelch that temporary squall for her!


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