June 24, 2010

Flood Waters

We sort of missed out on sleep last night.
Blue bolts of light flickered across the walls.
Lightning so close
that it flashed and thundered all at once.
Thunder so fierce, and deep,
that our aging house shuddered,
and the windows rattled with each roll.
And then the rain came,
hard and fast.
I could hear the soft drip; drip;
in our leaky old chimney.

I awoke to the kitchen radio broadcasting warnings
of more storms, and flash floods,
as the sun rose on a drenched world.

The dogs and I took an evening walk as dusk settled.
The air was so thick and humid
we had to swallow to take a breath.
It felt like an Orlando day in a Louisiana swamp.
The air sniffed of homeless earthworms,
and the air buzzed with hoards of mosquitoes.

But that pink sky is what made us go.

We've been enjoying the record precipitation for awhile,
and the weeds in the garden are having almost as
much fun as the mosquitoes these days.

But this too shall pass.

We got a little curious about the creek
across the road;
and just had to go check it out.
By our standards and thirteen years of records...

The water was high.

Huck, Buster, and I took a moment to sit on the bank
and reflect, as we often do.
The sky increased in its flaming pinkness,
the creek clamored by,
the mosquitoes made way for the fireflies;
and God's promises shown anew.

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow you..."
Isaiah 43:2

Just a moment to be grateful for
stormy nights, flood waters, and fiery sunsets;
that remind me just how small I am,
and how Great my God is.


Laura said...

What a wonderful post, Miss Kate. I do think that during a fierce storm we can truly get just a glimpse of God's power. We, too, have been having unsettling weather lately...a quick severe thunder, lightening, and intense rain yesterday afternoon that went just as quickly as it came. Humid, muggy, foggy days on the coast this week. God certainly keeps things from getting boring!
Have a wonderful day!
Mrs. Laura

Margaret said...

Indeed, the power of water can make one realize the strength of our Creator. We, fortunately, did not receive the flood part of the storms, but we did make a few trips to a basement...maybe even for three nights in a row!

Kimberose said...

Beautiful post! Love the verses and the pictures.
So excited to have found your blog! Jordan Eaks and I have really wanted to find your blog, but Sara F. couldn't remember the name, so we were really upset!
Jordan also has a blog for her photography business here:http://jobekahphoto.blogspot.com/
By the way, saw your article in the IAHE issue, excellent job!


Kate said...

Kimberly, I'm so glad we "found" each other! :) Thanks for following -I'm following your blog also. And thank you for the link to Jordan's blog too!
It's great hearing from you! :)


Jo Bekah Photography said...

These pictures are so gorgeous! I love the one with Huck in the sunset. :) (it is Huck, right?)

Kate said...

Yes, that's Huck. :)

Maggie said...

It's flooding where I live, but it's the Missouri River and the bluffs that are flooding. It has gotton to the point where they are filling sand bags every day for long hours because the sand bags that they filled the day before aren't enough.

Amazing post with beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!


Kristina said...

I absolutely LOVE that last picture, Kate! Of course the character in it has nothing to do with why I like it :) You can tell him I set it as my desktop background.


Kate said...

That would make Huck's day. It's his goal in life to be the center of everything. ;) I'm actually working on a 100% Huck post just for you Kristina! :)