Early morning storms and those who know me know that I love BIG weather; that’s what began just before dawn. My dogs, however, hate storms, in fact, Shadow actually moves a chair to get behind and under it, where he whines incessantly. Soleil, not the brightest dog on the planet, seems lately to take his cue from Shadow and now whines as well. Maybe there’s a blessing in my hearing being less than its pre-surgery state. How’s that for a positive spin? We all know I love spin 🙂
Back to the subject at hand. Being here at the Homestead, I often think of how things were, as my daughters say, “back in the day.” My first thought when the power went out was whether a power line was laying somewhere, like between my truck and me or on the roof. My second thought was no Internet, meaning no PC or laptop. But I was still connected, as long as my cell phone battery held out. No lights, no running water, affecting bathroom functions as well. You bet, with a well and an electric pump, no power means not much water available. I believe that’s enough said, but cell phone in hand, I was able to text my dilemma to my Meghan and post on facebook. ErinLee will hear about it later; even now, it’s only 10 a.m. in her time zone and I know better than potentially waking sleeping daughters.
Back in the day, and I’ll have to ask my favorite Auntie Arlene, how where things at the Homestead when the power went out? Did they light candles, perhaps an oil or kerosene lamp? I’m fairly certain they weren’t concerned about an Internet connection and didn’t have a weather radio connected to NOAA or 24/7 meteorologists on TV. Maybe they sang together, played a game or read a book, maybe the Bible and prayed; I’m sure I’ll hear from cousins offering information.
So I was out of touch, but thanks to the cell, able to post on Facebook and make a few jokes about passing the time singing the blues, accompanying myself on the piano. There’s that spin again, but to be honest, I soon tired of bad blues and fell back to my standby, not rock’nroll, fan that I am; my first thought was not the old REO anthem, Riding the Storm Out. A favorite that seemed appropriate during this morning’s big weather was the hymn, Jesus Savior Pilot Me with the familiar lyrics, “Unknown waves before me roll.” That old seafarer’s hymn goes on to praise the Lord for piloting us through dangerous waters and storms.
Despite all our technology, there’s a raw power to the natural world that isn’t held at bay by anything humans can create. When the power goes out, you best believe that there is a Power beyond anything on earth and cling to that life-preserver of hope. Being me, ya’ll knew there was a message coming and here it is. My faith is anchored on the One who has and will continue to get me through the biggest waves and the most fearsome storms. My hope is that you already have or find your way to this lifeline as well.
Be blessed and make it a fabulous day, despite anything going on in your life!