My in-laws blessed us with a vacation at the beach this last week. The beginning was a little scary though. We were about 25 miles into our trip when all of a sudden a terrible noise came from the back wheel. I looked in the mirror (as I was passing a semi-truck on a corner) and saw rubber flying off the back tire. I was so grateful it it didn't pop and I was able to to get it to the side of the road. We were within cell service and called the tire company. Two hours later and $469 poorer (had to replace both back tires), we started down the road again.
When we arrived, I was astounded at the beauty of the beach house. I have never stayed in such a fancy place. We were really blessed. It was had very warm colors which was wonderful because outside was a severe storm.
The house was nestled against a wildlife refuge/wetland. The only thing that ventured out were a pair of mallard ducks. They were so brave! I wouldn't have wanted to get pelted with all that rain and wind! Here is Jacob on the back deck.
Steve walking along the beach. There was a bit of sunshine this time!
My in-laws took me to the beach in their car so that I could get a picture of the rough surf during the storm. It reminds you just how powerful water and wind are when they are combined.
Jacob, Lily and Jessica are my crazy kids! They stripped off their shoes and ran into that freezing cold water! We don't get to the beach much, so they didn't want to miss the opportunity to dip their feet in.
Steve is the shoe carrier!
Even though it was stormy, we were still able to have a wonderful time. There is beauty in the storm. We hunker down and get into our shelter. I am reminded of this past year and thankful that Jesus was my shelter in the storm of life. I ran to shelter, I fled to Him, I praised Him and He gave me refuge and rest. The rains came down and the floods came up but our house still stood because we had planted ourselves on the Rock. Thank you Jesus for being our high place.
Here are my thoughts last year as we were going through our storm while trying to learn to praise God in the midst of the pain.