Randy Mac’s Livin’ It Up: Tornadoes put my little ‘disaster area’ in perspective

Randy Mac

Randy Mac

Thanks to those who asked about my absence in last week’s edition. I didn’t forget. I was incredibly busy.   Saying, “I’m gonna sell my house” doesn’t take much or long. Getting it READY to sell, I now know, is quite a process.

Those who know me best know that my garage through the years has been used twice, I think, for the actual purpose it was created. There were times in the early days that it was rather, or at least somewhat,   organized.

With the passing of time more stuff was obtained. Closets filled up, and the garage became the space designated for “overflow.” Newly acquired items were placed in the garage along with all the stuff that was moved here in 1997. You know, things we didn’t need at the time, but KNEW we would — SOMEday.

Automobiles had no place in “overflow.”

Rachael grew up and left home. There were some things she had no room for in her new apartment, so they were wrapped, boxed or covered and placed in “overflow.”  Then Reid “flew the coop.”  He also had things that wouldn’t fit in his apartment in Stephenville when he started college. They, too, were placed in “overflow.”

I am a procrastinator. I admit it. Not proud of it, but that is ONE of my flaws. Neither am I one for great organization. I wish I was. Consequently, the garage could often be likened to a small disaster area, with little more than a path — or a field of hurdles — between the kitchen door and the garage door. I did my best to be sure family and friends who came for a visit had no reason to look — let alone GO — into the garage.

Two weeks ago I realized I would now HAVE to deal with this monster. I got up one morning, drank my mug of coffee and stepped into the battlefield. I remember distinctly standing, at one point, in the heat of the battle, wondering what I should do next. I felt almost overwhelmed.

It took me about four days to open and go through all the boxes, some that were still sealed from the move here in 1997. I found a lot of things that registered in my mind as a treasure to hang on to. I found a lot of things that made me wonder why they were even packed and brought here.

A lot of stuff was put in a trash bags and placed at the curb.  A lot of things were placed in boxes designated “Garage Sale,” which I had Saturday.

I will probably spend some time again today working out in the garage. There’s still much to do. But after watching the news this morning, showing the devastation folks are dealing with after the tornado in Moore, Okla., I realize my job here is really nothing. I’ve not lost every material thing I own on earth. I’m not grieving the loss of a loved one. I’m not wondering where my child is. I can’t even imagine.

God Bless ALL of those who struggle today in the wake of the recent storms.

Randy McLelland, known as “Randy Mac,” is pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship and and entertainer. He can reached at randymac@randymac.com.

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