Tuesday, January 28, 2014, is a day that will go down in Atlanta history, for a myriad of reasons. My day didn’t start with anything out of the ordinary. While out with my youngest son, I got word to pick my oldest up from school due to early dismissal. Snow had started falling. I rushed past the grocery store to grab a few items, picked up my son, and noticed the snow fall increasing. It was a slippery drive home.
Thankful to make it home safely and enjoy playing with my babies in the snow, I got word that both of my sisters-in-law were stuck in gridlock traffic. Making it worse, my mother-in-law was stuck at one of their houses … alone. Ugh. My husband tried to brave the roads to pick up his mother, while his sisters set up camp at our house – once they arrived after their 6-hour commutes. Sadly, my hubby couldn’t get to his mother. All roads were blocked – including one by two school buses. Thankfully, she was warm, safe and fed. So five hours after he left, my husband returned home alone.
I was grateful to at least have all of our family safe, sound and accounted for. I read the countless stories of horror, fatigue, and frustration of stranded motorists and separated families. As night descended, my heart fell. I could only continue to pray for those who were stuck, and pray that no hurt, harm or danger would befall them. And that’s when lessons in humanity took over for me.
You see, when I thought of those people stranded, nowhere to go, I thought of them being taken advantage of, being hurt or worse, or a general lack of compassion or kindness. Despite my outgoing personality that loves talking to people, I can inwardly be giving the side eye until I know you’re “ok” (lol). So the distrusting part of my nature was surfacing. But what I was grateful to find is that I was wrong.
I woke up Wednesday morning to stories of Chick Fil A giving free food to motorists, two people bringing hot chocolate and food to those who were stranded, and countless Facebook posts of people opening up their hearts … and homes … to others. People showed the love of Christ in so many beautiful ways.
I try to believe the best of others. But often hearing so many disheartening news stories it can be hard to stay optimistic. Well, instead of looking to my thoughts on human nature, I’ll trust God to always have people who want to help and teach others – especially me – lessons in humanity.