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This week’s prompt :: Observant
If you check out Merriam Webster, you’ll find this definition of observant: paying strict attention: watchful; keen, perceptive.
Here in Texas, we’ve had a tough week. It’s not one we’ll soon forget. I feel like we have to say that about a lot of things these days. However, on the backside of an unpredictable week, it’s also one that allowed each of us to be acutely observant:
- observant of ominous weather reports and record-breaking temperatures
- observant of bracing winds and chilling cold but also beautiful blankets of snow
- observant of angry voices and concerned outrage
In the span of a few days, we observed it all.
Beginning February 11, the extreme winter weather that gripped our state turned our picturesque, snow-covered communities from a blissful winter wonderland into places of scarcity and fear.
Electricity—something we often take for granted—suddenly was in short supply, and as a result, rolling power outages touched almost all parts of Texas.
Many faced long stretches of inescapable cold. Broken pipes, compromised water supplies, fuel shortages, and more remain in the fallout as we finally begin to thaw.
Look and See
There has been much to observe that is heartbreaking, but in the midst of it all, we also see generosity, care, and concern, neighbors-helping-neighbors, heartfelt compassion. As is often the case in the face of tragedy, the best of humanity has emerged. And in Texas, it’s on full display.
It’s an experience I hope we never repeat, but to the God-fearing observant eye, there’s a blessing of hope. And in the chaos, we experience peace as we look on and watch God move.
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told.“Habakkuk 1:5