Life Lessons from the School Bus (#4)

Till the Storm Passes Over”

Yesterday a strong storm front moved through our area around 2:25 p.m., EST. I was in the bus. NOT a good idea.

On a normal day, schools get out at 2:15. Yesterday, because of the coming storm, school dismissal was delayed until 2:30. That was a smart move. It would have been really dangerous to be on the road with a bunch of children and a tornado coming.

Because I knew that rain and high winds was on the way, I went outside of the school building and onto my bus to put up the windows. That was at 2:15……2:17, it was still calm……2:18, the storm hit like a bull catching a matador.

The following is what I posted on Facebook from my iPhone:

  • 2:18 pm “Storm is on us at lookout valley. In bus. Not good. Think was a bad idea.”
  • 2:21 pm “Laying on floor.”
  • 2:21 pm “Just a little scared.”
  • 2:23 pm “Hail.”
  • 2:24 pm “Hope somebody is praying.”
  • 2:30 pm “Whew! Bad stuff is over. Kids will be getting on bus soon. They held them in the school until the storm passed. Was scary.”

The reason I got down in the floor, as opposed to sitting in my seat, was because I was afraid that broken glass might start flying around. I also thought that I might be safer on the floor if a tree came looking for my head. Who knows? All I know is that while I was on the floor – while the bus rocked and the wind roared – I prayed.

I didn’t get off the bus because the wind was so intense, and opening the door would have been difficult, if not impossible. Not to mention, I had no idea if I would have been blown away or hit by a head-seeking oak branch. At least in the bus there was some metal protecting me. But on the other hand, it would have been a lot safer in the building. The bus was a bad idea.

As a result of the storm, there were hundreds of calls to the police for help. Trees were down everywhere, blocking roads, taking down power lines, and even crushing cars and damaging houses. As a matter of fact, I had to wait for nearly an hour for a power line to be cleared, just so my bus to get down a little back road. It was a mess.

Life Lesson

Sometimes storms come when you least expect them, even when you expect they will come. When they do, it is best to find shelter in a place that can weather the storm.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. – Psalms 18:2

When the storms of life hit, the best place to be is within our Saviour’s protective hand. The flimsy philosophies of this world are no better than a school bus in gale force winds. Till the storm passes over, resting safe within His arms is the best place to be.

“Sheltered in the Arms of God”

I feel the touch of hands so kind and tender.
They’re leading me in the paths that I must trod.
I’ll have no fear for Jesus walks beside me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.

So let the storm clouds rage high,
The dark clouds rise,
They don’t bother me;
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.
He walks with me,
And naught of earth shall harm me,
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.

– Dottie Rambo

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3 responses to “Life Lessons from the School Bus (#4)

  1. Ah, I love this. I’ve done some of my best praying in tornadoes.

    We’ve had two tornado warned storms so far this year here in Quay County, New Mexico. I read somewhere that if you have a helmet, it’s a good idea to put it on during a severe storm. So I asked my husband where our motorcycle helmets were, and he said he gave them away after his bad bike crash five years ago.

    Man. I can’t believe he gave away the helmet with the scratch across the top that happened when a deer jumped over him as he was riding through Ragland, and he didn’t go down!

    We get super cell storms here a lot, some that look as big as the mother ship on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. My hubby and I were caught outside in the middle of a mesocyclone about three or four years ago. That was so cool! And on June 12, 2012, hail as big as softballs totalled our RV, and destroyed the roof on our house.

    It’s supposed to reach 104 here today and 105 tomorrow, not unusual for this time of year. But in December 2016, we had a Goliath blizzard with temps in the teens, and hurricane force winds that left us buried in 10′ high snow drifts. I love it here, where the high desert meets the high plains. Our weather is never boring. And it encourages us to pray!

  2. hawk2017

    Amen. Thank our God for His protection.

  3. Amen. Besides inclimate heat, you folk get those storms. I will stay here in Ontario with a few months of snow. I must be getting wimpy. 😀

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