Saturday, November 12, 2011

Down She Falls

I mentioned that the tree fell...

Here is her story.

She used to stand very tall over our home. A Live Oak that my husband would say began to grow shortly after Noah's flood.  Seeing as our home is 110 years old, I would have to say it came with the house.

You can see her hanging over the entire left side of our home in this picture from last winter.
She was lovely, at first.
Then we really got to know her.  She was dirty and messy and a haven for spiders.
She constantly dropped limbs and leaves.  Live Oaks do that...all the time.
She was expensive.  We tried to have her tamed, and could not afford to level her.
Then, she showed her power by dropping a big ole limb on the roof.
At first, I was angry, but then I kinda liked her for it.
She got us a brand new...$20,000 + ...entire top of our home... for the cost of our insurance deductible.

But it gave me worry.  Worry that she might drop again.  Another drop might do more than mess up the roof.  It might take the house.  She was certainly larger than our home.  We tried again to have her brought down or tamed.  Money for the tree was running out seeing as how the roof wasn't free.
I prayed about it.  I fretted about it.  I prayed some more. Mostly, I felt guilty for having a new roof and an old tree still there, hanging above it.
Then, one night God stepped in.  It was a calm night.  No storms, no wind, no rain.  We were home on the couch working a puzzle with Jack.
We all heard it.  We all ran outside, babies in tow.  We feared the worst and got the best.
It came down...entirely in the most perfect place a tree could fall. 
She missed the truck parked under her.  She missed the water line running beside her.  She missed the electric lines that her now down branches nearly touched.  She landed in an empty lot.  A monster brought down.  Or as I like to think...gently pushed over by a loving God that knew how I feared the tree. There, in the night...a miracle.  For no reason, a tree fell just where it needed to... one day after the roofers left.

But...that is not the end of her story...

There is more to come!

1 comment:

  1. Leah, that is awesome! I'm just now catching up on your blog, but God indeed does move in mysterious ways and I am so thankful the tree was brought down in a way that did not do any more damage to your property. I hope your nights and dreams are no longer filled with fear and worry about the tree.



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