Powerful Wind

Mom and I decided to take a trip back in time and drive out to the place where Mom had spent 70+ years of her life.  Highway 24 is the route from Colorado Springs to Seibert via Interstate 70 from Limon to Seibert.  I have traveled those roads so much that the towns you have to pass through each carry their own story.

We stopped in Limon, Colorado for lunch at the golden arches.  Limon is the largest town in eastern Colorado except for maybe Burlington, but you don’t need to know any of this trivia I’m sure.  It was 44 miles to go to our destination as we started the short trek.  The first town you go thru on the way to Seibert from Limon is Genoa.  It is a very small town, but that’s not what caught my eye.  It was grain bins on a farm that caught my attention just outside the town.


As you can see in the foreground, there were semitrailers parked in front of the grain bins that were crushed.  You can see how big these grain bins were (40+ feet high constructed of corrugated aluminum), and yet they were crushed like someone took a 2×4 and whacked them.    These grain bins were hit by a tornado that came through Genoa two summers ago and literally destroyed these mammoth bins.  It looked like someone squeezed them like a small plastic football.

Tornados are created by violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the land.  We think that constructing houses, business buildings, grain bins, etc. we will create safety for us and for our possessions.    This sight caused me to realize that no matter what we build, no human structure can produce a safe place to live or create safety for our possessions.

On this journey, it’s who we put our trust in that creates safety, and not human structures.  Jobs we think create security can be wiped away in an instant.  Our trust in our health can be challenged with one visit to the doctor.  All of us have experienced cherished relationships that came to an end when we thought they would last forever.  Thinking that grain bins can store all of our excess produce for future living expenses can be destroyed in a moment.  Our safety truly comes from the One who holds our life in His hand.

Today on this journey we have the choice of what we think will create a safe place and build security as we move along our life path.  Choose wisely.


About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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