The Shepherd’s Nook,


Even as the global community continues to deal with COVID-19, many in our state, as well as our bordering neighbors, have also had to deal with severe weather.  In Mississippi, it seems the bulk of this took place well south of us.  Tornados and torrential rain ravaged the area.  Even our family farm was not spared.  Though everyone was safe, roads and crossings were washed away.  Many trees were simply uprooted. 


One of those trees was a huge oak directly behind our cabin.  When it fell, it took out a couple of other trees and a section of fence, narrowly missing the gate leading to the back pasture.  While we hated to lose any trees, especially one as majestic as this old oak, there was a silver lining to this cloud.  The cabin was safe and our winter firewood supply has now been replenished.  There will be no need to buy a load of wood in the fall.  


However, perhaps the biggest plus from an otherwise dismal scene was the fact that the downed tree opened up the terrain and now the view of the lake from our back porch is better than ever. 


There are times when an otherwise negative situation can end up having some positive results.  It’s certainly food for thought as we look for some light in this seemingly never-ending pandemic.


            “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.  Your faithfulness endures to all generations…”

                                                                                   Psalm 119:89-90


Pressing on,

James Lewis