It was a quiet Saturday, but little did we know what lay ahead for us for the next few days.
Yes, I am referring to the blizzard of ’21, where we received up to 2″ of snow, temperatures that plummeted to 16 degrees Fahrenheit, and a complete shutdown of the power grid, along with the resultant darkness, loss of heat and breaking water pipes.
As a Canadian who has lived through minus 40 degree weather, experienced 2 or more feet of snow (in one “dump”), and experienced 6 months of winter, year in and year out, it became apparent once again the blessing of living in Houston.
But Carl – you were without power for over 52 hours, a water pipe in your attic burst, with water gushing out, tearing up both the second and first floor ceilings, and you woke with the house temperature barely above 40 degrees. Two days of 8 blankets on the bed, reading during the day, and finding ways to charge your phone for communication . Two days where we had no distractions, where my wife and I were confined to our bed to stay warm. Two days of considering our situation. Two days of being still.
You see, we are a blessed people, and I will readily admit we had what amounts to a minor inconvenience. We heard reports of horrendous experiences of folks during this blizzard. Some folk died during this trial, and we are so sorry to hear of this tragedy.
When trials come into your life, many distractions can accompany the struggle. At one point in our two day trouble, I began to consider this as an opportunity. What could I do, other than to be with my wife, to be quiet, and (eventually) to be thankful for the mercies we experience every day.
I do hope those who may be reading this have not suffered from the cold snap we experienced, or from other trials recently. If so, and you would allow us to pray for you, please do not hesitate to share via the comment box below.
Thanks muchly and have a blessed day walking with the Savior.