About an hour later we found out. The western sky turned black and we could see lightning bolts criss-crosssing in the sky as the storm began to roll in. Minutes later, the bottom dropped out of the clouds and torrential rain fell for over an hour. When it finally broke, I went outside to check our koi pond and found the water was going over the top, about a four inch rise from the sudden downpour. I drained it to normal level, went back inside and, voila, here came the rain again. This time it was even heavier and the lightning was close and vivid and and thunder louder. Even our big, brave Great Dane came running over to put his head in my lap. The big baby was scared.
Again venturing out when it passed after another hour, I opened the drain on the pond and drew down a large volume of water. Looking about, what had been our front yard was saturated with puddles everywhere and even the Great Pyrenees were nowhere to be found. They had just hunkered down in the barn sleeping. Finally they came out and began standing their guard duty before dark. And now the forecast has changed and we can expect a series of heavy storms each afternoon all week long.
While these events are nothing earth shattering, they just show how quickly nature can change and how we must adjust just as quickly to her ways. We sometimes think we are so all powerful, but this is just a little reminder that we are anything but. God has the power through the nature He created to do with us and to us as He pleases. If we only understand that, we can learn to live in harmony with our surroundings. If not, well, that just won't turn out so well.
With the advent of the Florida rainy season and with it the threat of tropical storms and worse, let's face the fact that we are very small in the scale of things and must learn respect our standing. God gives us so much to work with, but we must always remember to use it in a way that will be pleasing to Him. When we do, life is certainly a joy.
Dear Lord: We thank you for the beauty and the bounty that your natural world provides us. Help us to live our lives in a manner that uses it wisely and keeps it abundant for all who follow us. If we nurture and care for it as you wish, it will be available for our children and grandchildren to enjoy as we do. If not, the future will indeed be bleak. Help us to always remember that and live accordingly. Amen.
Have a great day, everyone, and enjoy the great outdoors that we are responsible to maintain.