The Power of Water
While watching the news coverage of Hurricane Florence as it battered the coastal areas of the Carolinas and Virginia, I was struck by the power of water. Just an inch of rushing water can take a full-grown person down. A few inches can sweep away a small car. A few more inches can sweep away a truck or an RV. The power, force, and destruction of Mother Nature is both amazing and terrifying. I pray for those in the hurricane-affected areas—for their health and safety and that they will rebuild.
Rebuilding is not easy. The law firm that I work for handles homeowner property damage claims. This means that every day, I see a certain date—September 10, 2017. This was the day that Hurricane Irma barreled through the state of Florida. It ripped through the middle Florida Keys and caused massive devastation. Further north, homeowners were left with leaking or damaged roofs. Just drive around any South Florida neighborhood a year after Irma, and you will still see blue tarps covering roofs until permanent repairs can be made. Of course, some of the insurance companies don’t want to pay for these repairs. Those homeowners are the folks I represent.
As damaging as water can be, it also brings us great beauty. I love living on a lake. Watching the water is soothing and tranquil. Because I grew up in Jamaica, I am an island girl. I’ve always loved the ocean and been drawn to the beauty of the sea. To me, a perfect vacation is lounging on the beach, sipping a mojito, curling up with a good book, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, and listening to the sound of the surf.
I also love the rain—the cleansing quality and life-sustaining force of it. Florida gets a lot of rain despite being nicknamed the Sunshine State.
So, next time you feel low, think about all the natural beauty we have here in Florida. The rain, lakes, rivers, and ocean are marvels to be thankful for. Like hurricanes, they are all part of God’s plan.
Until next time.