Sweet Baby Jesus, I believe I aged 10 years.
I was relaxing in my chair and watching a movie on Netflix. Next thing I know, the rain got crazy, the thunder and lightning got super loud and then my phone started making this loud, obnoxious noise…which was creepy, because I always keep my phone on silent. I picked up the phone and it was a weather alert saying that I needed to seek shelter because a tornado was in my area.
Directly after this, my phone rings and it’s my boss. She’s saying that a tornado touched down by the Air Force base and the bad weather is hovering over Interbay Blvd. I live by the Air Force base, off of Interbay. As my boss is telling me this, I look outside and the rain is coming down so hard, I can’t see past the parking lot. Then the thunder and lightning hit so hard I began to shake. I started getting scared on the phone, while asking my boss for more information and headed towards my computer. Right as I got to it, my power went out. I immediately told my boss that I had to drive away from my apartment. She informed me that driving into nothing might be a bad idea. Given that my neighborhood was now pitch black with booming thunder, I had to agree.
It’s around that time that I got off the phone and completely lost my mind. I followed that up with walking around in circles. Yes, for about 30 seconds, I was autistic. Then I snapped out of that crap, put on my shoes, grabbed my car keys and went and laid in my bathtub. I suppose if the tornado hit, I was hoping to survive it and then jump in my car and drive somewhere afterwards. Bless my heart.
Finally, as I laid in the tub wondering if my life was about to be all “Twister” with Helen Hunt, I dialed my Mom and Stepdad and had them pray for me. The weather alert said I’d be in the clear by 7:45 pm. I stayed in the tub, on the phone with my stepdad, until 8 pm to be safe.
Now I’m sitting here and all I can figure is, God wanted to tell me something.
- No matter how strong you think you are, or how much your momma gets on your nerves, the minute you’re truly scared you’re going to call her if you can.
- I know I’m famous for skipping out on church, but I never fail to end up somewhere praying when I’m scared. I have a theory: If anyone ever feels confused or conflicted about their religious beliefs, they should have somebody scare the dog crap out of them. I guarantee it’ll make them realize what they really believe. And I’ll put $5 on God.
- I know I tease my parents about having a church and secretly laugh and call them the “God Squad” behind their backs, but goodness, am I glad they’re in the Jesus business!