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I don't remember any of the particulars of the storm, or even the year
it happened. But I distinctly remember the sight of a pinball machine tied
in the back of a pickup as a man tried to escape the danger of a hurricane
beating on the East Coast.
Personally, I thought it was an odd sight. Who was this guy? Why was
a pinball machine the thing this guy grabbed in the few moments he had
to prepare for evacuation?
I've fled from a few storms in my lifetime. Living in tornado alley
as a boy, I've run to the cellar more than once with nothing but my pajamas
A decade or so ago, we went through a 7.6 earthquake in Southern California
early one morning. It was noisy and scary. When it subsided, we quickly
got dressed, and drove to the church. I'm not sure why, but we didn't feel
safe in the house and wanted to get out of there. We left with nothing
but the clothes on our back and whatever was in the car.
When a man broke into our home at 3:00 one morning, I gathered the boys
into our room and we locked the bedroom door. I didn't know what the man
wanted, but I didn't care. In that moment I was willing to give him whatever
he wanted if he would just leave us alone.
During times of emergency, all I cared about was getting to safety with
my family, I didn't even think about "things."
Why would this man strap his pinball machine into the back of his pickup
as he fled from danger? Even to this day I don't have a clue. I am disturbed
that when the storm came, a pinball machine was the most important thing
in his life. How sad.
"And He said to them, 'Beware, and be on your guard against every form
of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist
of his possessions.'" (Luke 12:15 NASB)
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