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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 on.

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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