Monday, October 29th the day the hurricane blew by. It was windy; we could hear it inside the house. The usual noises of a weekend at home could be heard. TV in the background, video games sounds coming from my son’s room and music from the other end of the house. But this was not a weekend, it was Monday afternoon. School classes were cancelled and offices were closed; everyone waiting for the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The winds are getting stronger and the newscast is urging everyone to stay inside. 5PM…electricity cut off. Something outside fell, a possible tree and disruption to the power has occurred. We’ve been through this before; we’ll ride out the storm and in a couple of hours lights will come back on right? 12 Midnight….lights still out. Candles are lit and flashlights are ready. Just a few hours earlier, I had taken a peek out the window and saw that our 50 ft. plus high pine tree seemed to be moving. I mentioned it to my husband and then the “treewatch” gazing began.
Well it’s getting pretty scary now. My husband said “get ready to leave the house, this tree is going to fall”. I remembered that the Lord had impressed on me to “pack a bag”, but where are we going to go? Will we risk more danger and challenge “Sandy the Hurricane”? Well, I got dressed but I mentioned to my husband “we can’t leave the house; this is the safest place right now”. We continued to pray; for me the prayer is intensifying. I’m pacing and praying; back and forth throughout the candle lit house. Even my kitty cats, Mercy & Grace can tell this is not your normal, everyday event.
1AM….the tree is leaning…45 degree angle…then its 60 degrees....I’m calling out to the Lord….”Lord don’t let the tree hit our home…don’t let the tree hit our cars….don’t let the tree hit the power lines…don’t let the tree hit the neighbors home….don’t…don’t…don’t…..Lord lay the tree down…command it to lay down….Lord….Lord….Lord…..75 degrees...its leaning….its falling…the wind is howling…the wind is blowing……then like a “h u s h”…..almost as if the tree was commanded to lay down in between two other trees, commanded not to touch our fence, never even dared to fall in the direction of our home……cars seemed miles away and this tree quietly…did not even make a sound worthy of its weight….the tree laid down and died. I’ve shared this moment by moment story to testify of God’s grace; his favor toward us, his love for me. He is always worthy of my praise!
Dead in my sins and I did not even know it. But then Christ arrived; it’s not as if I was totally oblivious to the “wind of the Spirit”. For a while, I could hear his gentle whispers (even if I did not totally understand it). He was ordering my steps (Proverbs 16:9). I visited a church in my neighborhood; no great connection…nice church…45 degree tilt. I traveled to Florida on vacation and contacted my cousins whom I had not seen in years….60 degrees and falling. I was invited to dinner and the subject of church arose (my cousins were believers--I was not) 70 degree angle and I’m feeling a tilt but I figured, “ I can handle this”. Walked through the doors of the church….small quaint little congregation…..remember I am on vacation….it’s all good! Then the Pastor calls my husband and I to the front along with my 5 year old son……and then….. a ”H U S H”. Angels waiting for a transformation to occur….will they take the invite…will they lay their lives down…will they remain on the fence (as if that’s even a real option)….will they “die” to self..…will they……will they……..will they. And then….. Drop ….it’s over….death swallowed up….….the stench gone….it’s the sound of victory in heaven, angels rejoicing over one sheep found, over one sinner saved (Luke 15:7). The one who thought was alive (me) was really dead….and now she is about to really live…it’s like a re-birth…born again if you will!