Limb on our Roof
We woke up around midnight Sunday night to thunder, lightening, and some very strong winds. The wind was "loud", making sounds like I have never heard before. When I got out of bed and looked out the window I could see the trees bending to the ground and turning from side to side. Just then something hit the roof hard, waking Joel and causing me to jump and duck. In agreement we headed downstairs to a safer level. The storm passed quickly, and Joel went out in the dark to assess the damage, commenting that the branch was not as big as he thought it would be considering the noise it made. We decided it could all wait until morning and headed back to bed.
Split tree on walking path
In the daylight we woke to a mess of small branches and twigs covering the yard, driveway, and street. Several neighbors had branches down in their yards and one had a large part of the tree that split down the side. On our walking path I saw a thick limb that had split off......at least 25-30 feet long. Just east of us a mile or so another association was hit hard. Trees across the road, electrical lines down and lots of green debris, everywhere. The newscaster said there were 75 mph straight line winds. They did not look or act like straight line winds here in our back yard, but they sure were strong........and loud! It took Joel 8 hours to pick up all the branches, leaves, and debris.
In the dead of night, it all sounded so scary, but the next morning when we opened doors and stepped out into the neighborhood along with others, we realized things could have been so much worse. The branch hitting our roof sounded like a cannon going off. We thought maybe a tree came down, but not so. In the daylight hours we could see it was not as bad as it sounded and our house and roof were intact.
Today Joel was over to the neighbor's helping her cut up a big limb that split off her tree. She had already removed all the branches off so Joel just took a chain saw to it. She thanked him over and over, but his sincere response was "Hey, I was able to use my tools!" Did I mention that she is 87 and still mows, mulches, landscapes, and tends her garden? She can add cutting and carrying limbs to her resume now too. Yeah.....J. is a powerhouse who loves to be outside and working! At 87. Wowza.
This storm reminded me of the storms that come suddenly in life. We've had a few ~ you too? One minute all is good and then suddenly it is not. And sometimes the challenges we face sound sooooo darn loud! They scream at us, and look so powerful. They shake us in the valley of darkness, but when God's light shines on them, we are able to see them differently. Do we tell God how big our problems are or do we tell our problems how big God is! What looks insurmountable, is diminished when Jesus walks with us. What looks and sounds ginormous .....not so much in the Presence of Jesus. Not so much.