Sandi and I bought a little farm a few years back so it’s where we go to find peace on earth. We get to enjoy mother nature and keep ourselves grounded so to speak.
One day last summer at about 4 p.m. our beautiful little farm was hit by the worst storm that I had ever seen in my life. Sandi had gone back to town and I was standing there alone.
Hurricane force winds, torrential downpour and lightning bolts flying everywhere in the sky. I was standing in the doorway of our shed watching the storm when one of the biggest 100 year old trees just went flying through the air. Had to be 100 mph plus winds.
I started thinking I might get sucked out of the shed or even that the shed would simply blow away and so I backed up into the middle of the shed continuing to watch out the doorway. The skies were black, the wind was raging and the rains were coming down straight sideways. The black sky was illuminated by lightning incomprehensibly flying everywhere out of sight.
At times like this you start to think that you never really know how much time you have. I looked over to my left and spotted the fridge in the shed. With all other things out of my hands or control I thought this would probably be a good time to drink a nice cold beer. It was one of the most memorable beers that I have ever drank.
The storm lasted about 20 minutes and then just blew away. I’ll never forget thinking about what a beautiful evening it was on the farm after just having witnessed such darkness and rage being thrown at us.
I have to say that I see similarities to this storm taking place in the world right now. It appears that we are getting to the very worst of the storm before the skies begin to clear and the sun comes out again. Sometimes we can’t truly appreciate the sunshine and beauty in the world until we have been shown the darkness and anguish that exists around us.
I think we are right at the point of watching all of the darkness and rage manifest itself so that it can blow itself out and release the sunshine that always follows the storm.
This is a powerful storm that had been brewing for decades so we may have to hang in there for a little while yet. But, when it passes we will once again get to enjoy that sweet and ever so beautiful sunshine.
Chin up and keep the faith.
Carl Walper, Eckville