Longest . Week . Ever

Maybe you have heard…Texas experienced an EPIC ice storm and very cold temperatures this week. It seems most of the country was very cold as well. But here in Texas, thousands of folks had no heat or water for days. Some experienced frozen and broken pipes and I won’t even mention the frozen plants and trees! The streets and highways were pretty much impassable except for the brave folks that had to go to work. This is such unusual weather for this part of the country that cities and towns are not prepared with salt trucks and other cold weather equipment. We personally were fortunate at our house and only experienced about 22 hours with no heat. We “camped” out by the fireplace outside in a makeshift outdoor room. I have to admit it was fun for a minute… It was warmer there than in the house!

Now to the end of the long week…the sun is finally out today and the ice is melting. Soon this will all be a distant memory. I could go on and on about how “horrible” the week was, how long it seemed and in general just write an “Oh Poor Me” post. But you know…it wasn’t that bad and I am positive that others were worse off than me.

What it did teach me is this: We should be more prepared (water, canned and dried food etc…) firewood, propane gas, blankets, candles. We also realized just how dependent we are on our devices and internet! Something I am personally going to be working on…reading “real paper” books and other hobbies not involving electronics! Stay tuned for that post!

Here is the real lesson I was reminded of this week in one of my devotions: Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree should not blossom,

nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,

the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

In this time of isolation, similar to the pandemic quarantine last spring, I was reminded once again that God’s love is sovereign and never ending! We may be cut off from the flock and have little or no food, but friends…We rejoice and take joy in the God of our Salvation! That makes this long week of worldly discomfort seem like just a fleeting moment!

A few pictures of our outdoor experience!

“Camp Coffee”
“Coffee by the Fire”

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