Below is an excerpt from this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/us/texas-storm-floods-clean-up-even-as-rain-still-falls.html?partner=msft_msn&_r=0
“I guess it’s just a sign that it’s time for a change in my life,” said Ms. Sweat, the publisher of a monthly community magazine, The Canyon Lake Views. “God said, ‘You have too much stuff.’ ”
I was a bit taken aback by this statement when my husband first read it to me. If taken literally, I infer that this woman thinks that: (1) God causes intentional harm to make a “statement” and (2) anyone with too much stuff (how is that defined anyway?) is something of a sinner.
However, like many things we say, I doubt this victim’s statement was meant to be taken literally, especially with the preface of: “it’s just a sign that it’s time for a change in my life”.
My interpretation is that she is just feeling that she wants to have more meaning and purpose in her life, besides just accumulating stuff, which unfortunately, is an escalating problem from an environmental, social and financial standpoint.
I once watched TV footage from the aftermath of the tornado and one victim couldn’t stop talking about how upset he was that his stuff was not salvageable, even though others lost their own lives or family members.
So, even though this statement will probably cause her backlash and will likely insult some people, it is still very encouraging to see that, in a disaster, instead of mourning lost ‘stuff’, people are valuing their lives and building community support.
Heartfelt thoughts to those who didn’t survive. :(