|PLW and Judy assess a tree torn out by its roots|
PLW and I spent the morning helping our friends Judy and Geary begin the arduous task of clearing oak trees off their 100-acre property. What was once a manicured and tidy yard, with a brick home nestled among towering oaks, has become a picture of chaos. Some trees have been unearthed; every leaf stripped from others; and a swirling path of green is evident among the piled earth, twigs and mud; a path where a foot of water moved swiftly across the landscape.
We are currently without internet access (I am writing this post at my mother-in-laws's computer in a nearby town). We were without electricity off and on all morning. But as Judy said, "This is nothin'. We can survive this." And she is right. It may be an overused adage, but it is true that what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. The clean-up will take months, but just picture me and PLW in our boots, work gloves, and with smiles on our faces. It's a privilege to help your neighbors, it feels good to work hard, and we are definitely thanking God for the rain!
Proverbs 24:10 "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small."