I had to go to work today. As an environmentally friendly car-free American (ok maybe I’m just poor), this involved downloading a new app onto my iPhone (ok maybe I’m not poor), and ordering up a fancy schmancy town car. Aka summoning Uber. Because the Metro and all of the buses were closed, and it was windy and rainy and too far to walk without me being very sad at the end.
But now I am home cuddled up in a blanket, listening to the wind howl, tinkering with writing ideas and bridesmaid dress color palettes, and being very grateful for a warm home and underground power lines and early deadlines. Maybe I will make some pasta. And pumpkin muffins.
And who knows what the outcome of this storm will be (they say it could be bad; I pray you are safe), but I couldn’t help thinking this morning that this quote was very apt for all the brouhaha preceding “Frankenstorm.” Said by H.L. Mencken, and stolen from Anna Williams’ Twitter feed, with the full knowledge that I, with my very ample set of emergency alerts, am probably implicated by it:
“Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
And then I also thought how perfectly this storm tests the lesson of our sermon at church Sunday, which said that suffering is to be expected, but that God is in control, is good, and knows how to make things work together for good for those who love him.
“Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”
Psalm 135: 6-7
Hope you are warm and dry.