I Felt Your Presence


There are times we all feel alone. We can be amongst others and feel alone.  I am one of those too, but last night was different. I knew I was not by myself.

It has done nothing here in my part of Indiana this week but rain. Not nice gentle rains that you want to sleep to. Instead we have had big thunders and plenty of lightning. Heavy rains.

Because I am not strong enough with my fingers I lost the portable gazebo in my yard. It has metal piping with those silver buttons that you push in on them to lower or stand it tall and keep it in place.

Because of my Diabetic Neuropathy in my hands I can not push hard enough to lower the gazebo down. My son scolded me telling me to lower the buttons. I explained that I can not do it. He told me he wasn’t running to me every time I needed help, so I lost the whole thing.

This was more than a gazebo to me. I purchased it last Spring when it was Al‘s birthday. I used it as a safe haven for him to be able to be out in the fresh air and free from flies and mosquitoes. I was so planning on being able to sit him out there this year in his wheel chair, but not now.

As I sat inside my safe haven, I was alone physically, but not actually. To those who think I am seeing things or may be a little crazy in my mind at 59, I want to assure you I am not. I prayed and asked God to stay with me during this storm. I prayed for his mercy.

Unfortunately where I live there are no storm shelter. There was when I moved in last year but the owner of the mobile home park has locked it up and swallowed the key, so to speak.

I was in a tornado once when I was at church camp. I was, I believe 10 or 11 years old. The girls dorm was completely wiped a way while I and many others sat safely in the tabernacle. So when severe thunderstorms and tornado watches arise here, I still feel a bit of fear.

When Al was here last year and we had storms I sort of forgot about the damages a storm can do. My thoughts instead went to Al wanting to keep him safe. Now, this year, I knew he was safe behind the brick walls. It was me who was frightened.

As I sat at my window with a candle near me and the police scanner on my Tablet playing I prayed. Take what you want Lord. None of it means anything to me. But please keep our home safe and me too. I need this home because my brother is coming home within weeks. Amen

The winds were bad and the lightning so bright. Thunders rolled through the skies. This wasn’t a baby storm either. Yet it was nothing like Oklahoma, but it still did damages here. I heard on the scanner that one car was actually under water to the hood here. The driver was able to escape.

Many trees and power lines were down all over town. As I watched the skies light up I have to admit I felt a bit of fear. It is amazing to me that I was not running for my life, getting in my car and driving to no where. I had a heavy blanket and a candle and my purse all in the bathroom waiting for the scanner to announce run for your life. We were also under a tornado watch.

This storm lasted from midnite to 4:30 in the morning. God answered my prayers. He kept me safe and my home safe, but he took the gazebo and branches. Our lights went off three times but I made it through with God’s existence within my house.

I finally was able to fall asleep and woke up at 10am. I saw sunshine immediately and was able to open windows again. But God wants me to remember that he is here with me always. His example for me is the sun is gone and it is clouding up again and becoming windy. We are in for more rains, but thankfully I am not alone.

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29 thoughts on “I Felt Your Presence

  1. Sorry you lost your gazebo. We just bought one and put it up recently, the day after we put it up we got winds at 140km/hr and it bent the whole thing. Hubby went out in the storm and pulled of the top in order to save it.

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  2. The weather is crazy everywhere and I hope you will be safe! Shame about the gazebo. As you say we are never alone, we walk with him, and he loves us, he will not leave us. We are all together a big family with him!

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  3. Oh dear, I didn’t know (or possibly remember) that you moved house. I sent Al a coca cola lip balm a while ago (and a little necklace for you) but never thought to check that you were still at the same address. I imagine that you never received them, shame. (They were not at all expensive!)

    When I am next in London I’ll check and see if they still have the coca cola stuff and try again. Sorry.

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      • Don’t feel bad, I can always resend. It was just a silly something to cheer up Al. Nothing to worry about.

        You never know, it may still find you – it wasn’t that long ago.

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  4. Sorry about the gazebo, Terry! God has blessed you greatly though. He let you keep your house and that in in itself is miracle. With all the cray weather everywhere we have to keep our faith and know God will keep us safe. By the way I love your new page background. I love watching lightening, but I have always hated loud noises like thunder. The lightening is very awesome!

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