"Weeeir! Weeeir! Weeeir!" whined the sirens in the wee hours of the morning. I began to pray for the ambulance drivers and whoever they were helping. Later in the morning, as I thought back on the timing of the siren, I began to wonder if it had been a tornado siren. With the rain making so much noise, it was hard to distinguish which kind of siren it was.
Crash! Boom! Bang! went the thunder. Drip. Drip. Drip. went the run-off from the roof. Kalumpity! Kalumpity! Kalumpity! pounded the rain and hail. Blink. Beep. went the power. "Press 'review' key to receive set up instructions," said the answering machine. And out went the clocks on the east end of the house.
I got up to get my camera, but I was too sleepy to take pictures. Back down into my covers I slid. All too soon a bright light and a voice awakened me. "It's 49 degrees," said the voice. I looked at the clock. "It's 12:34," I returned in a mumble.
"Nah - ah," replied the voice, "my clock says 7:00."
"That's because it has a battery back-up."
I could hear the form to which the voice belonged coming closer and closer to my bed. Suddenly its hands grabbed the blankets and pulled them away from my face. "Uh uh!" I groaned as I tried to cover my eyes. The overhead light was bright.
The form with the voice said, "It's sorta wet so I didn't check the rain gauge."
Eventually I had to open my eyes. The form with the voice looked strikingly like my sister. Oh yes, it was my sister! She headed back to her room as I tried to wake up enough to sit up.
And so began our 2nd to last day of March. How did yours begin?
Here are a couple of verses about a thunderstorm.
"The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook." (Psalm 77:17,18)