This week I had the absolutely terrifying experience of attempting to outrun a tornado. I would love to say that this was the first time, but I have lived in Oklahoma for over 30 years. I am more acquainted with tornadoes than I care to be.
Monday afternoon, I left work early in hopes of making it home before the severe weather arrived. Unfortunately, the storms moved more quickly than I anticipated. My journey had barely begun when I received news that a huge tornado was headed towards my home and the path of my usual route to get there.
I adjusted my route in hopes of avoiding the tornado but the storm I was driving through was still fierce. As I cautiously made my way through violent winds, blinding rain and pounding hail I prayed. I asked my Heavenly Father to protect my loved ones and to guide me safely home. I pleaded with Him to help me to hear the still small voice of the spirit above the roar of the raging storm.
As I pushed ahead I felt the direction of my Heavenly Father. As other drivers pulled over or exited the highway to pursue other paths, I thought briefly about following their example, but I felt directed to keep moving forward, to keep moving ahead. As I saw fair skies ahead far off in the distance, I felt prompted to move towards them as quickly as I could.
Minutes after I passed, the tornado hit the road that I had been traveling.
As I reflected upon my travel home through the storm, I thought how our life is very much like my journey. Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to return safely to Him. If we seek for and listen to His guidance and direction, He will lead us through the storms of this life. He will guide us safely home.