As I type these words, the sky is a beautiful shade of baby blue. There are only a few puffy white clouds floating across the canvas, as if they were on a mission to promote serenity.

Just a few days ago, the sky told a much different story. The clouds weren’t so peaceful. In fact, it was as if they were on an angry mission to bring death and destruction.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 will go down in history as one of the most devastating days in the south. Multiple tornadoes tore through the region, leaving in their wake property damage of over a billion dollars and a death toll of more than 300.

The lingering question is: What now?

Over the next several days, months, and even years there will be a process of clean-up, re-building, and healing. One day the clean-up will be complete, but the emptiness from the loss of life will linger. People are irreplaceable.

While grieving the loss of loved ones, friends, neighbors, and fellow Americans, we must find a way to press on.

One of the saddest and most inspirational pictures I saw in the midst of all the devastation was that of a young man and an older woman sitting on the steps of a home which had been completely destroyed. There is nothing but tangled rubble behind them, and yet the expressions on their faces are a mysterious mixture of loss and hope.

We have all experienced various types of devastating storms in our lives. After the storms pass, great loss lies around us, while hope lies ahead.

There is blue sky after the storm. Hope doesn’t replace the loss… it does provide us with the will to press on.

What storms lie behind you? What hope lies ahead of you?

What will you do while the sky is blue…before the next storm appears on your horizon?