20 Apr Power of the Pink Tornado
In less than a week, I have experienced a tornado watch and warning. What is the difference between the two? Both are a result of severe thunderstorms but a tornado watch is issued when weather conditions exists that COULD result in a tornado while a tornado warning is issued when there has been a CONFIRMED sighting of a tornado and you need to take shelter immediately.
Experiencing the tornado watch and warning reminded me of a sermon my father, the late Elder Larry J. Neblett, preached about the Pink Tornado. His message was rooted in a gospel song of the same name performed by the Robert Blair and The Fantastic Violinaires. My father was a true quartet fanatic. The quartet highlighted the various destruction one could experience as a result of the Pink Tornado. “It will lie on you, lie on me, cause confusion in our home.” What is the Pink Tornado? Your tongue!
The tongue is a powerful muscle. James says, “the tongue can no man tame, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8, KJV). “With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongue we curse the very men and women He made in His image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth” (James 3:9, MSG).
It is true that a tornado can produce beauty and destruction. I experienced it this week. I enjoyed the beauty of the mild breeze blowing through my hair, the image of birds flying higher than normal outside of my office window, and the formation of picturesque clouds. Beauty one minute. Immediate downpour the next.
Isn’t that true as we walk out our daily lives? The Pink Tornado can sometimes come without warning. One moment a person could be speaking to you cordially and the next minute they could be spewing all kinds of negativity. As you sit there, pondering what has happened, you realize that you have been hit by the Pink Tornado, once again.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:20, KJV). As we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, let us not forget about the impact we make when we interact with others. The great Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It is true that tomorrow is not promised to us; sometimes the very next moment is not promised. We may not always have an opportunity to clean up the destruction caused by the Pink Tornado.
Vow to not cause another tragedy. Do your part in controlling your tongue, knowing that when you do, everyone is better for it. In no way am I saying not to speak your mind but ensure that, in the end, what you say brings forth life and not death.