After the storm

“He in his madness prays for storms,
and dreams that storms will bring him peace”

― Mikhail Lermontov





(images of spider webs that survived the tumultuous flooding rains / Carrollton, Ga / Julie Cook / 2015)

A deluge…
A torrent…
Wind, hail, lightening, thunder, flooding…
We shudder and we worry,
The waters rise
As the sirens wail…

Pummeled and beaten
On and on it lasts for hours,
Days pass as the assault remains relentless
Washing everything away….

What of the tiny and the minuscule
The delicate and thin
The exposed
The vulnerable
All of which is seemingly fragile…?
Is it possible to hold on, bear up,
remain and survive?

Our life is but a wisp, a flicker of light
Delicate and fragile…
We worry and we fret
Battered and assailed
We can barely hang on…
Yet did we not once think of ourselves as invisible?

Eventually when the storms pass,
the clouds part and the winds are finally still…
When it all is beautifully quiet and calm
We wonder what, if anything,
remains in the wake of the fury…

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you
Isaiah 43:1-28

17 comments on “After the storm

  1. Lisa says:

    We got it pretty bad down here too. I just saw the sun for the first time in days.

    • I saw something breifly in the sky yesterday and I think it was what they call the sun (ha) but it quickly departed, we have move rain and are under another flood warning throughout the week—ugh!

  2. ColorStorm says:

    The web. The genius. The obvious touch of a creator.
    Then again, ALL life sings the Creator’s spun song eh jewels.

    And yes, even in the storms, God is perfect in all His ways. Nice J.

  3. Karen says:

    Your photos almost look like they were black and white with the dark stormy sky. I hope the sun comes out and that life returns to normal for the people in your area soon.

    • I know, the grey sky the grey web the wet black twigs—story of our life for the past month! So So unseasonal—too warm and too wet—I just want some cooler weather–a little sun would be nice as well 🙂

  4. David says:

    Hope you have stayed dry Julie. Our no.3 (James) and his wife Katy live in York which has some serious flooding at the moment. They have friends who couldn’t get home today because the police have closed the flooded roads.

    • Looks like different places here in the South David—crazy weather!! So nontypical for us this time of year—its so warm that things are budding and the grass is turing that bright springtime green—almost eerie –stay dry David!! we picked up my aunt today who is up from south Florida—she said she could have just stayed home with all our warmth—
      topsy turvy—
      Will you be on the road again soon?
      Here’s to staying dry!!!

      • David says:

        We went to the Elan Valley with the family yesterday and had a picnic. It was colder than it has been but we still had a good day. The valley has several reservoirs – all full and overflowing – I posted a short clip on YouTube (

        As regards trips I have nothing fixed but there is the possibility of a visit to Italy in January.

      • Gorgeous David—today the sun actually came out—the first time in weeks—but rain is back on tap for tomorrow—then more seasonal weather by week’s end—thank the Lord!!!!

      • David says:

        The sun came out here today too Julie. But we have another storm coming in now and through tomorrow with more flood warnings in various parts of the UK.

  5. There have been some terrible storms all around us too. Lives and property have been lost. Mother Nature definitely has a bent for the cruel at times. But then so do life and men. Hope you dry out soon, a now soggy tumbleweed. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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