It’s been a little more than a week since the ice storm here in Oklahoma. We were one of 500,000 homes that were without power. The electric utility in this area called it the worst disaster they’ve ever experienced. This power outage caught us by surprise. We knew the ice was coming. We knew that the town would shut down. But what we didn’t realize was that we could lose power and that it could be down for days. When we lost power, I thought it would come back in an hour or two, so I went off to work. Five hours later, my wife called to say that there is still no power. I started watching the new reports and saw that thousands of people across the state had lost power and it was going to take the utility 7-10 days to get it back up. Wow…this was a lot worse than I thought.
I left work and went to Lowe’s to pick up firewood and other supplies. There were a lot of other people in the store doing the same thing. It was just like something from TV news, where people are frantically getting supplies before the approaching hurricane makes landfall. Thankfully, I was able to get three days worth of firewood and some batteries for flashlights. I went home and saw my neighbors were more prepared. A lot of them had generators going in their garages. They had been through this before.
After spending one night huddled around a fireplace, we decided we had enough and went down to visit with friends in Dallas. I also used this trip to visit our church campus in Fort Worth. After spending the day in Dallas, we found that the power was back on and headed back home (it’s kinda weird referring to Oklahoma as being home, after only living here a week.)
As life has gotten back to normal, I’ve been reflecting on things. Here are some of those thoughts. I’m so thankful to have electricity and power. It was so easy to take that stuff for granted. It’s amazing how dependent we’ve become on those things. What would we do without our cars, computers, ipods? I thank God for the things that He has given me to make my life easier. What piece of technology are you thankful for?