A Terrible Storm blasted through our neighborhood last week leaving the citizens of my town
without power for 2-3 days.
My son and I had our dog in the car for a quick trip to the pet store and gas station. By the time my gas tank was only half filled, the lightening streaks across the sky were intimidating.
I quickly paid the attendant and headed for the safety of home.
One look at Toby, who is not afraid of storms at all, and I knew something terrible was fast approaching.
By the grace of God, we made it home before the pouring rain, high winds, booming thunder and mass lightening bursts.
It was all over in about 15 minutes.
. The power went out a few minutes into the storm and stayed out for 48-72 hours.
We opened our front door to look outside and a humongous tree branch was half laying in the middle of the street and half laying on top of my neighbor's car. It had shattered his back windshield and dented his trunk.
We took out our flashlights as did many of our neighbors and walked up and down the blocks and saw trees ripped from the ground and huge branches laying on power lines.
Here are a few pictures from around our neighborhood.
To have power down for any length of time in our day and age, feels as if we've been punished.
You forget how dependent you are on electricity and seem so lost without it at first.
We did borrow a generator to hook up to our refrigerator but we still had to throw some food items out. Every 2 hours we had to fill it with gasoline to keep it running... and it ran VERY loudly. I'm sure our neighbors were just thrilled but we were one of many neighbors running them.
When our lights came back on, we all shouted for joy! That felt like a blessing!
The quiet times with my son reading by candlelight or staying up talking with my husband and son, they were blessings too. During the storm for a brief moment, if felt as if God's protective hand had been lifted and it was chaos. I believe God's loving hand returned... reminding us that He is in control.
By God's grace we were ok, no one was injured, we had minor inconveniences of having no power and having to clean up the branches and sticks that lay everywhere, and I had to be creative with meals and activities for the long dark hours we were awake. That was all alright with me!