Surviving the storm

By Elaine Wheat
Feb. 17, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2017 at 7:24 p.m.

Elaine Wheat

Elaine Wheat   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

"Love suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up."

- 1 Corinthians 13:4

On Valentine's Day, the sky became an odd color with mixtures of yellow, orange and pink. We had strong twister-type winds that were playing havoc with the palm trees in my yard. The palm leaves were twisting as though a tornado was already here.

I rushed into my home and turned the TV on to the weather station. Sure enough, we were under tornado warnings, which means this is the most severe alert you can get. It means that a tornado has been sighted in the area.

The weather station even went so far as to tell me about fences that have already been blown down, and it even gave me the street name, which was only one block from my house.

As I was watching the weather report, it was naming locations where people needed to take shelter. The locations sounded like a list of my favorite fishing spots I love the most. The first one was Magnolia Beach, then Indianola Beach, then Port Lavaca, Seadrift, Palacios and then Fulton Beach.

The first thing I thought was, "Oh my gosh, the beaches I love so much are going to be blown away."

I heard them saying the Indianola Fishing Center at the mouth of Powderhorn Lake was in the tornado's path. I feared then that my fishing world that I love so much was changing.

My faith and prayers helped me get through my panic, and we lived through it with no damage.

My fishing spots that I love most all made it through the storms. I am now looking forward to driving down to each of the familiar fishing spots that I have loved for so long and enjoy them once again.

Dear Lord, Thank You for loving me through the storms of my life.

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