Hurricane Michael: Before and After

Like so many, Hurricane Michael has altered our lives in ways we are just beginning to discover.

John snapped this picture of our house back in September and then the one below it a few days after Michael blew through. (My new car is under the carport).

Our home before and after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle a strong category 4 storm on October 10, 2018.

At first, the devastation was overwhelming, but having ridden out the storm and survived, learning that all our family in the area were safe, and that, though broken, our home was still standing, everything else faded into insignificance.

Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” We are all suffering from broken hearts and some days our spirits do feel crushed, but we have also witnessed God’s presence countless times over the passed few weeks.

The linemen who arrived within hours of the storm to help restore power, the countless volunteers who arrived with much needed supplies and hope, neighbors helping neighbors, families reaching out to help each other and the community, in these we have seen God at work.

We are a resilient people, and with God’s ever-present strength and grace we will overcome, rebuild our homes and lives, and our communities. We will emerge from this experience stronger, but also more humble and grateful for having made it through.

Thank you God, for seeing us through the storm and for blessing us daily with hope and renewed strength. #850strong #panhandlestrong

©️ Jennifer Nelson Fenwick