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Stormy weather has been inundating our state. Torrential rains doused our lands with cloud bursts, accompanied with lightening and thunder. In an instant, our three lane streets turn into one middle lane bordered by swift streams of water looking for a place to go.
Not everyone is blessed to live on high ground and in a planned community that installed public utilities to direct massive amounts of water away from homes. Our drainage system and open culverts keep our community safe from flash floods. Yet, our hearts go out to those living near the swollen parts of the San Jacinto River and Trinity River.
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes. They have been given shelter by family, friends, neighbors and churches. Muddy currents have swept away property, soil and vehicles.
Gratefully, public servants have been on high alert. They have responded to cries for help. Alert and courageous, they have ventured boldly into rising waters to rescue lives of people, pets and livestock.
South of Austin, our state capital, hundreds of homes have been washed away. Whole streets have been wiped out and only slabs remain where houses once stood. Lives have been lost and many are missing.
On a busy travel day for the gathering of families for Memorial Day, we all fear for those whose loved ones are unaccounted. Flash floods and water over roads catch the most alert drivers by surprise. Six inches deep is all the water that is necessary to carry away a small car.
My telephone sprang to life on Sunday morning. It was not a text, email or phone call. An emergency alert came through loud and clear.
Tornado Warning: flashed on my screen. This was not a watch but a warning. Added to the alert was an order to seek safe shelter immediately.
Thankfully, the warning was only for the next 4 minutes. I could hold my breath, pray, rest in the LORD and stay safe in our home. No tornado appeared; we were grateful.
Even as I write this another severe thunderstorm is blowing over our home. We can feel our home shake when the thunder claps overhead. The rain pounds against our house like a machine gun spitting out rapid fire rounds.
Yet, the God who created our world is protecting all whom He blesses with favor. His power is far greater and His mercy is even more generous than a flash flood. I will put my faith in Him.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography