A voice from my phone frightened me. The alert for a tornado watch in our area doing what was intended, it got my attention. I pretty well knew it was coming, the possibility was too great. The skies had remained too overcast. The winds coming in waves. I have turned on the television and the weather is obviously the most important as reports of warnings, watches not only for tornadoes but thunderstorm and flash floods. Currently the tornado watch is until seven this evening. More rains are headed in this direction from South Carolina. Cricket the official cat, is hiding under my desk. She knows she isn’t supposed to be in this room, but under these circumstances, I let her stay. Both dogs are outside, Bella is quiet, Molly who is afraid of the wind, is crying to be let inside. If the winds get worse, I will let them back inside.
As it is, the trees behind the house are doing a wild, crazed dance in the winds. Alternating between swaying to swirling. Leaves torn free, spiral downward toward the ground. Ever so often, I hear a branch falling, making its way downward. Outside, the lighting almost an early evening dim. At times, the sunlight will break through an opening in the clouds. Its moment brief, bright then gone. Have I mentioned, that like Molly, high winds concern me? Being a dog, Molly doesn’t fully comprehend the winds. To her, they are an unknown demon that threatens her safety. She wants only to be inside hidden away and safe. As a youth, winds fascinated me. Not only for that go fly a kite activity, but for the feeling of being cooled and teased by the winds. Amazement at the dances preformed by the trees. But Hurricane Hugo changed all of that innocence.
Currently, there are possible tornadoes, that were in a county not far from here. Trees are down and there are power outages. So far thankfully no reports of injuries. Right now, as I sit here listening to the various weather reports and watching the trees out back one of my concerns has been answered. My son who is usually late coming in from work, is already home. He had ridden his motorcycle to work, should the storm have increased, he would have been in a bad situation. Yes, I have gone after him in the past for these reasons. So he is home, he is safe, and I am no longer physically alone.
One thing though, even as I was keeping up with the reports and watching the trees, I wasn’t as afraid as I have been in the past. In the past, immediately after my phone had alerted me, I would have been pacing. I would have been near panicked. I would have been overly anxious over something I have no control over. What has changed? The level of my relationship with God. He has drawn me closer, taught me what I need to know, helped me to have a greater understanding. Given me, calm. Gifted me with a greater faith. Strengthened the peace within my mind, heart and soul. Have I mentioned, that once where I was afraid, right now, all is well with my soul.