Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stuck Outside!

Today, I realized I forgot to tell you about something that happened on Saturday night.

If you read Saturday's Life with Lynnie's entry, you'll know that I spent the evening at J's home, enjoying dinner and fellowship time with my friends M & D, and J.

What I failed to mention was that we had a series of storms that blew through our area.  Severe storms.  Rain was intense.  High winds brought trees down throughout our entire region, not just on the east side of Windsor, where both J and I live.

While at J's, the series of storms came and went; they seemed to stop and start, again.  During the storms, J's lights flickered and her power wavered for a time.  Still, other than a momentary lapse of power, we experienced no lack of power, during the evening at J's.

How it was in other areas of Windsor we had no idea.  At least, until the next day.  While on my way to church Sunday, tree limbs were on the ground, everywhere and I found out that power outages had occurred in many parts of our area.

But, back to Saturday evening.  When we decided it seemed a storm had let up, we guests left J's home.  M & D drove to South Windsor, while I had only a short distance to drive to my apartment building, just a few minutes away.

As I approached my area, traffic lights were not working.  In fact, everything along the Riverside Dr. E. area in my neck-of-the-woods, was in darkness.

In total darkness, was the lighthouse, the marinas, yacht club and other high-rise buildings, nearby my own, which stood in total darkness, too.

Be still my heart!

While entering my level of the parking garage, I spoke for a second with the security guard.  She told me that she had no idea how long the power would be out.

Great, I thought!  Now, what will I do?

After sitting in my van, parked in my parking spot for a few minutes, I phoned my friend J and let her know that I would be returning to her home, shortly.  Then, off I drove into the darkness, to find a gas station where I could fill up my tank.

Does this sound silly to you?  Well, it wasn't to me! 

I recall several years ago, when unexpectedly, we had a power outage that lasted four (4) days!  No electricity for this amount of time, or indeed any amount of time, means no lights, air-conditioning, power for electrical equipment, and no ability to get gasoline, for the gas pumps are run electrically.

A few minutes drive from J's home, I found a gas station open whose power was not out.  I praised God as I filled my tank!

Then, I returned to J's home to make some calls.  Unfortunately, I couldn't reach Enwin Utilities, for even their emergency line wasn't working.  Nor was the City of Windsor's.  I couldn't even reach my building's security guard!

J suggested I stay with her for the night, but I politely refused.  Instead, on my way home, I prayed that God would make a way where there didn't seem to be one, for me.

I just couldn't imagine even making an attempt at climbing a darkened staircase, to the 17th floor, with a bad knee.  One that needs surgical replacement!  I felt frustrated, but certain God would provide.

My prayer included that God would allow my building to be the first one to have its power restored.

As I drove up another access to my area, I found myself once again in utter darkness.  Then, just as I rounded a curve, I saw my building.  Much to my surprise, there were a few units with light.

At first, I wondered if I was seeing candles lit, but this wasn't the case.  Indeed, God had answered my prayer and provided for me, so I could use one of the elevators to get home!  I was no longer stuck outside my home.

I praised God and thanked Jesus!

Just so you know, within less than a half hour, the buildings across the street also had their power restored.  Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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