Hailstorms And Humiliation

storm 1A while back, a horrible hailstorm ripped through the farming community near my house. My mother and I decided to drive around the county and evaluate the damage. I hadn’t slept well the night before, and I was VERY tired that morning. Feeling lazy, I simply ran a brush through my hair and pulled it into a messy ponytail. As far as my clothing, I went for comfort rather than style. I put on a horrid pair of old, brown sweatpants that had definitely seen better days. My top was too large, and its gaudy green stripes clashed with the pants. I looked like a circus clown.

storm 2My mother studied my “fashionable” ensemble, cocked an eyebrow, and asked if I wanted to change clothes and fix my hair. Yawning widely, I said, “What for? We won’t be getting out of the car.”

You know me by now, and you know that I’m not always the brightest crayon in the box. My reply is proof positive of that fact. Through bitter experience, I have learned that my mother is the wisest woman alive and her advice should never be spurned—I just tend to forget it from time to time. And when I do, I ALWAYS regret it.

hail 3You can probably guess what happened. We were in a small town getting ready to get on the highway when our car died. No matter what we tried, the engine wouldn’t start. After my initial shock faded, chagrin came. Looking down at what I was wearing, I knew humiliation was just around the corner…and I was right. For several hours, I was on full display by a busy highway in my hideous sweatpants and my horrid, green shirt. I hate looking silly, and what I was wearing went beyond silly and into the realm of ridiculous. I looked like a bag lady.

When I was finally home again, I thought about the day and realized I’d gone wrong in two ways: I hadn’t been prepared, and I hadn’t listened to wise advice.

hail 1There have been times in my spiritual life when the same has been true. I know that praying and reading the Bible prepares me for problems I may encounter, but there have been times when I’ve felt too lazy to have daily devotions. Those times have inevitably led to trouble. It’s much easier to resist temptation, let go of offence, or fend off fear, if I have weeks of contact with God underneath my belt. I’ve also learned that it’s important to listen to trusted, spiritual advice. When I left my house in my ugly pants and hideous top, I had no idea that I was about to be on display by the highway. Life is unpredictable, and we never know what’s around the corner. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and listen to advice—especially when the advice comes from a wise woman like my mother.


direction“A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3

“A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others.” Proverbs 12:15



12 thoughts on “Hailstorms And Humiliation

  1. Oh my did your words hit home this morning. Like yours, my mother too was a wise woman. And like you, I often turned a deaf ear to her words. And also like you, chose to learn the hard way–with my foolishness on street corner display.

    You didn’t call the word, but you implied…DISCIPLINE. Every moment of every day discipline, determined to walk in obedience to our Lord. Anything less is disobedience and ends in humiliation.

    And every time I’ve thrown myself together in the morning without proper preparation, especially when the kids were growing up, I always ended up on an emergency trip somewhere with them. And here I sit this morning, so grateful you can’t see my jammies and messy hair…but my spirit has been scrubbed clean and shiny by the Word, prayer and His presence before I began this day. So that’s progress! 🙂

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  2. Renette Steele

    Oh Danele, you’ve done it once again, seen right into my silly life and hit the nail on the head!
    Such good advice to go out prepared in every way especially covered in GOD’s wisdom.

    My mom used to make us change from play clothes to town clothes or church clothes to leave the house and change back when we got home. I really believe she could have saved a ton on laundry by letting us wear the same thing all day. LOL But one thing that always stuck with me ; Be sure you have on clean and not holy underwear just in case, cause you never know.

    Love ya girl hope your day is spendifferlouis!

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  3. lelandandbecky

    Your articles are always so good because we can identify with you! Been there, sadly done that! But thankfully God keeps taking us back to the lesson until we learn, and even takes us to a higher level of learning it. One of my prayers is to not just have the quiet time in His Presence, studying His Word, but DELIGHTING in it! I think if David could delight in God’s Word when he basically had only the law, why am I not always delighting in it when I have so much more?! I’ve been mostly faithful with quiet times, but not always delighting in them. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Also sometimes hear and take the advice. Sometimes not. I’m so thankful for God’s deep, unchanging love!!!!!

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