You might be wondering where I have been for the last couple of weeks. Due to a widespread massive storm which hit much of the east coast, I was without electricty for eleven days. The Scriptures below describes a little bit about wind and its power in relationship to the Holy Spirit’s power and work in the lives of people.
SCRIPTURE TO LIVE BY:
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
The power of the Holy Spirit is described in the Scriptures as like wind. For those of us living in the state of West Virginia and surrounding states we have recently experienced the power of the violent wind.
This violent, mighty rushing wind came up from nowhere on a Friday afternoon. Eyewitness said you could hear the sound, and in less than an hour you could see the destruction it left behind. Trees uprooted, power lines ripped in two, tops of trees twisted off. Our yard looked like a bomb had exploded.
Seven trees were uprooted in our yard alone, with many more tree tops just mangled and torn from the trees.
This tree was across our driveway upon entering our yard. It was also across the bridge my husband had made me. The trash can is from a neighbors house from some distance away.
Our Plum tree was cut off at the root.
Butterfly Bush uprooted.
Red Bud Tree snapped in two.
The wind didn’t stop with the small stuff. It uprooted three huge trees in one grouping.
It uprooted another huge tree that took out power lines and a power pole with a transformer on it that cost us eleven days without power in temperatures above 100 degrees.
This thermometer was attached to one of the trees that was uprooted.
Just to give you an idea of how big this tree is, my son-in-law is over 6 ft tall.
Various bird houses around the yard came down as well.
Tops of trees were twisted and torn off and thrown to the ground.
Creating a mangled mess in many areas.
Trees came down within inches of our camper, but only one piece of lattice work was ripped off.
Both of these pictures are taken in front of the camper.
Our swing was broken by pulling the wire that was attached to it and a tree that uprooted.
One of our canoes was thrown from the boat house area,
into our raised garden fence and knocked out two of the posts.
Another canoe was thrown from the same location as the above,
over an apple tree to an area where an outhouse was,
approximately 75 to 100 yards away.
We put this outhouse in many, many years ago. Little did we know it would be used during this 11 day power outage. Can you image what it was like for those who had no electricity or water in order to use their bathrooms? We were very thankful we had not torn that old outhouse down.
Something to think about and plan for. What would you do for 11 days without a bathroom?
We have so much to be thankful for:
1. I am so very thankful for God’s timing. My husband and I were not at home when the storm hit our little neck of the woods we call home, we were in Ohio. If we had been there we both would have been terrified to see trees flying in the air and being uprooted and tops being twisted like Popsicle sticks.
2. There was debris everywhere. It was a HUGE mess to clean up. I have heard all my life that many hands make light work. In all, we had 17 pairs of hands making the work lighter. All of our children and their children had planned vacation time to be at our house during the 4th of July week. We are so very thankful for each of them and all their help. (How did this save us money? Can you image the cost of having 17 employees doing the work of this massive clean-up.) I can only imagine the thousands of dollars. A time to say, “Thank you children for doing the work, lovingly and with out cost to us, only to yourselves.”
3. So thankful that the wind changed direction and brought the trees down away from our house instead of toward it, if not some would have hit it.
Back of house.
Front of house, where only a piece of flashing had come loose.
4. So thankful for willing hands to work many, many long hours in the process of cleaning it all up. Chain saws, axes, dragging limbs to burn at a later date, loading and stacking wood which went on for days.
This pile is three rows deep.
5. Thankful for enough wood to burn in our fireplace and camp fires for a number of years to come.
6. How very thankful we were for a generator and gasoline, so we could keep the food in the refrigerator and freezer from spoiling. We ran it during the day but turned it off at night. It was also good to have lights. We did our cooking on a one burner stove outside because the microwave and stove used too much power and would flip the breakers.
After all the work was complete, we could relax and have fun.
We so enjoyed our time together as a family, working, laughing, sharing, relaxing. Some said not only was it one of the most memorable times together, but also one of their best vacations of bonding.
My faith has been stretched and strengthened having walked through this experience. Having seen the power of the wind and knowing that God compares the wind to the power of His Spirit, I realize afresh the power of God to be working in places we are so unaware of until we see the mighty results of His working. The power of the Spirit works the miracle of change to give us a new heart and a new life. So thankful for God’s power in my life and in all the lives of His created beings.
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