The weekend before last was a new experience for me.
The weather warning was freezing rain and I thought I had a general idea of what to expect.
Of course, I should have known better.
The freezing rain began Thursday night.
It didn’t seem like a big deal until I walked out to the car Friday morning.
It was like someone had poured a coating of ice over the entire thing.
Hmm… freezing rain means it freezes as it’s raining!
(Don’t ask me why I hadn’t figured that out before.)
It took some effort, but we got it cleaned off and the steady rain helped since the temperature was no longer low.
We cleared off the ice enough to see, get into the car, and start the engine.
But I had no idea what the following night was going to be like.
My poor husband was up throughout, listening to the trees all around the neighborhood crack, break, or fall over.
I asked him to get some pictures the next morning since he was going out to assess the damage.
It was a sad and amazing landscape.
I can’t express to you the beauty!
The trees which could handle the extreme weight of every branch encased in ice was extraordinary.
But right along side these beautiful unique artwork were the broken limbs and fallen trunks of those which could not handle the weight.
The only other time I’ve seen so many trees uprooted and laying on their sides was many years ago when a child.
A severe wind and dust storm came through the city I lived in and trees all over were knocked down, roots still cling to bits of sod combing the air, unable to withstand the force of the wind.
It seems an age since I thought about that and here I am, living in a different state, realizing that weather can make an incredible mess.
But, the beauty was apparent as well.
Ice encased trees was brief, but the landscape will never be the same.
Our backyard will take many hours.
The positive side of things is the opportunity for new.
New growth in plants and trees will happen.
New trees will replace the old.
We are replacing the cedar with an apple tree.
New opportunities will be available once the clean up is finished.
It’s like our lives.
Things change, we experience loss, grief, trials, but there’s always something beautiful in it and God is always working through it.
Lamentations 3:25 NLT — The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
Psalm 27:14 NKJV — Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Lamentations 3:26 NKJV — It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for all Your wonderous ways. How great and awesome are Your works! Lord, oftentimes I get shortsighted, and can not see beyond myself. Please help me to live and love on a much broader scale. To walk with You in all things and to trust You in all ways. Lord Jesus, You know what today holds and I know You are holding me in today. Thank You. May those who are called by Your name live our lives understanding Your truths. I love You, Jesus. Amen.