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Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)
TITLE: The Flood Rose
By darlene thompson
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Several thousand miles away, high winds and pelting rains churned into the Gulf of Mexico. Together, the winds and rains formed a hurricane known as Juan.
November 4, 1985, forced the storm into West Virginia. Alone, my mother, kept watch into the night's darkness. Eventually, worry, wind and roaring waters rocked her to sleep. By morning, the national weather channel reported a tale of horrow. West Virginia was flooded. Frantically, my brother and sister attempted to locate my mother. All communication in the area was down.
We knew we had to go home immediately. We were warned by the West Virginia Highway Patrol that most roads were impassable. We traveled at our own risk. With supplies of food, water and fortitude, we loaded the truck. We found roads with no pavement and roadsides disappeared in many places. In the darkness, we could see houses and cars turned upside down and wrapped around trees and fences.
Finally, we pulled into our mother's driveway. Our house was untouched and through the window we could see our mother. We were truly blessed.
The next day, the local community center reported 12 people missing and 8 dead. On our farm were stacks of dead animals, turkeys and chickens. We spent the day burning the dead animals and removing debris from the fields.
By week's end, progress had been made with the clean up of the area. Although, the water receded, an unsettling rumbling by the river remained. As I walked along the widened river bed, my mind grappled with all the death and destruction. Among the mud, silt, piles of rock and debris, a yellow rose blossomed. I was encouraged that the beautiful rose had burst forth from the flood's carnage. I remembered Isaiah 35:1, "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom like the rose." The yellow rose was proof God was still in control. He would heal the land and its people with His grace and His mercy.
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