First, thanks for all the prayers! I believe that's what got us through the night. We ended up loosing power around 3:00 pm & it stayed off for awhile. Ricky & I got all the dogs, went into one room, shut the door & lit candles & had flashlights & played games. But Ricky was out by 6:00 - so I just read with my flashlight & actually went to bed at 7:30 - isn't that pitiful? But we had 5 comforters on us, 4 dogs snuggled around us - we were good & warm. And then, PRAISE THE LORD - we woke up around 3 am with the heat running - power back on! I made it into work today & saw LOTS of trees still leaning on lines, so hoping our power stays... but we're taking each blessing as it comes!
But driving in, I have to say - it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The ice on the trees looks like magic - something you'd see in Disney World at Christmas time or something! It almost doesnt look real. Especially when lights hit it & reflects off of it - I could stare at it all day.
Then you look & see the damage its doing. Trees that have been around for YEARS - sturdy trees, STRONG trees! And now, they are sagging to the ground, pulled down by something so beautiful & something so simple.
I thought as I saw a tree being dragged down - isn't sin like that? We get attracted to it because its fun, it feels good, its beautiful... & then how it drags us down, how it tears us up, how it destroys us.
Just as the SUN will come & warm things up & get rid of the ice dragging these trees down, I'm thankful that we have our Beautiful Redeemer - God's SON - that can take the things that drag us down & lift them up as well.....