From an Obsessive Optimist in the Eye of A Hurricane.

life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Whatever The Name of Your Hurricane – It’s OK

on September 23, 2010

Hurricane Katrina forever changed New Orleans, and you.  I do not know one person who did not at least give a couple of dollars to the Katrina fund.  Hurricane Katrina has forever changed Texas, where I live, because many of her victims came and stayed here in Texas.  9/11 forever changed New York and you.  You will never go through or to an airport the same way because of 9/11. 

Whatever hurricane you are facing, by whatever name, it will forever change you and everyone around you.  That is OK.  You may be saying I do not want this problem, situation, quandary.  I did not ask for it.  I do not deserve it.  As long as your hurricane is not OK with you, the changes will be negative.  The minute you say this problem, situation, quandary is OK is the minute you will begin to see the seed of success. 

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  THE MESSAGE

There was a man who had 11 brothers.  Ten of the brothers hated him.  The brothers devised a plan to get rid of this man by selling him as a slave.  He arrived in a country far from his birth and was put on a slave block, naked to be sold, again to the highest bidder.  This was OK with him.  How do I know that, because there is a statement at this point in the story,  Joseph was a very prosperous man.  

Would it be stated about you, that you were very prosperous, if you had been betrayed by your own family, sold and were on the block, naked to be sold again to the highest bidder.   The definition of prosperous from Webster’s dictionary is : auspicious, favorable, marked by success or economic well-being, flourishing.   To have this sentence written about you in these unfavorable circumstances would require you to be OK with betrayal, exposure and loss of freedom.

Joseph is sold to a good man, who notices his good attitude and puts him in charge of his entire household.  There is someone else who notices Joseph and it is not his good attitude, but his good looks that attracts the owner’s wife.  The owner’s wife attempts to seduce Joseph when her husband is out-of-town.  Joseph resists her advances.  Is he rewarded?  No, when his owner returns, the wife tells him that Joseph attempted to rape her and Joseph is put in jail.  

In jail for something he did not do, Joseph is OK.  Joseph is OK because he tries to be helpful to his fellow inmates.  If you were incarcerated for something you did not do, would you be helpful?  

One of the inmates he helped, remembers his help and Joseph is called to help the king.  Joseph is not arrogant or bitter, he is OK, because first he has a bath and shaves.   He says if God will help him, he will help the king.  Joseph is able to help the king and the king is so impressed with his good attitude that he puts him in charge of his kingdom.

Many years later the 10 brothers show up in front of Joseph, to ask him a favor.  When they discover who they are asking the favor from, they are afraid.  Joseph, who is OK with the hurricane that has been perpetrated against him, advises them not to be afraid and tells them how what they intended for evil, God used for good.  The very evil perpetuated against Joseph was OK, it was the seed of his success, which he would share with them.

In light of this story, which you can find in Genesis 37- 47, are you OK with the hurricane that you are presently experiencing.   Ten entire chapters of the Bible are devoted to this story. 

Once you are OK with this negative situation, whether it is your fault or someone else’s, then you can begin to receive the answer and see the seed of your success.

I wish I could make this more complicated or difficult.  It is only when we are OK and begin to thank God for this circumstance, that any answer emerges.

Here is the list of what I am OK with;

1.  The diagnosis of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

2. The loss of my job, because I was out 4 months for treatment.

3. Our current financial disaster because of the costs for the cancer treatment and that I am no longer employed.

4. The neuropathy in my hands and feet as a side effect from the cancer treatment.

5. The numbness and sharp pain in my right arm as a side effect from the cancer treatment.

I am in remission, I have  many reasons to be thankful.  These five very negative circumstances can be the seed of my success.  I have to find it within myself (and with the help of my Lord) to be OK with these negative circumstances so that I can see the seed of my success.  My desire is that I will be known as flourishing, and marked by success as I pass through this hurricane called Cancer.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  Philippians 4:6-7  THE MESSAGE

I would love to have comments from you.  Make a list of your “seeds of success”,  try this revolutionary idea out, comment, then come back and let me know how it worked for you.  



7 responses to “Whatever The Name of Your Hurricane – It’s OK

  1. je lillie says:

    Thank you for this post! God has been reminding me of so many of these things.
    I think one of the things that kept Joseph from despair in his hurricane was his faith in the dream God had given him in his youth. Joseph had a choice to believe the evil report of the world being spoken all around him or to believe the word God had given him.
    I think Joseph kept the vision of God firmly before him at all times. As a slave I think he said “Someday I will rule.” As a prisoner he said “Someday I will reign.”
    We have the same choices. The problem is many of us have not sought a personal word from God for our lives. So when the evil report comes we don’t know what the alternative is.

    • mommemau2 says:

      You are so correct. I had a pastor who said always believe the Word over the facts! I am so glad you brought up the dreams/Word/revelation Joseph received in his youth.

      I have been meditating on Psalm 23:5 and the Lord led me to this story of Joseph. Hopefully I was able to convey this slippery concept of OK.

      As I was reading the story, I already knew about the sentence that Joseph was a prosperous man, as he stood naked, to be sold, again. But I had never noticed the sentence, that he bathed and shaved, before coming before Pharoh. Genesis 41:14. When in the dungeon, it is easy to so focus on your situation, small, but important details are left out. The “little foxes” spoil the grapes. I think this small detail is very revealing of Joseph’s attitude and mindset.

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

    • Honei Macy Bowers says:


      You do not know how much that I wish that you did not have endure this!! But as dad said, “Everything happens for a reason”. Maybe you can find hope and God willing complete healing in your body and your mind from all the hurricanes in this world through this traumatic experience. Do you remember the little fiery elders wife from Blue Ridge Church–Rita Pack?? She just passed away and Tracy and I are going to their receiving friends tonight. she was the first person we met when Dad was trying out at Blue Ridge and we ate at her house. She was blunt but that is how I like people to be!! Gonna miss her.

      Love you sister!!!

      Honei B.

  2. Trudie says:

    I have to thank you for that message. You must of been sent to me because of my hurrican. I have fibromialgia and am in a lot of pain today, feeling sorry for mayself. I have lost my job and am working part time but keeping the bills paid thanks to my husbands job. Things are tight, don’t get me wrong. I went back to school and graduated over 3 years ago, only to have the economy fall apart and no science jobs available for an as degree. I was sitting here in pain crying over how bad my life seems right now, and then you sent me this beautiful message. It makes a person feel so small in this big world when you realize how much worse it could be. I always say” God put me here to learn patience because I don’t have any”. I know God’s time and our time are two different things and this just backed that up for me. God Bless You and I hope you feel better and better every day.:)

    • mommemau2 says:

      Thank you for your most kind words. One of my favorite sayings is God is GOOD all the time and His mercies NEVER fail. We are all in training, for success. I know this because He says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. I pray this verse over you and your family, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks again and please come back.

  3. J.D. Meier says:

    > The minute you say this problem, situation, quandary is OK is the minute you will begin to see the seed of success.
    Well put.

    While we can’t always choose what’s on our plate, we can choose how we eat it.

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