Saturday, August 25, 2012

Peace During the Storm

      Assateague Island, one of my favorite places to camp, was also the scene of a rather harrowing adventure my first trip there.  We had gone to camp with another family who were close friends, and when we arrived, we received word that a tropical storm was on the way.  We set up camp that afternoon under a bright sun, but as the day lengthened, the sky grew ominously dark.  The wind picked up and the waves started to crash onto the shore.  Hoping the storm would pass out to sea, we spent a few fun if somewhat nervous hours around the campfire that evening.  Around eight o'clock a fine drizzle developed, soon turning into a driving rain.  By midnight a howling wind enveloped us, so strong that Hubby had to hold the tent supports to keep the tent from flattening on top of us.  It seemed as though that wind lasted forever, but it really was only a few hours before the fierce winds abated.  Finally we were able to get some sleep.  Somehow, despite the ferocity of the storm, I really felt a peace knowing that the Lord would protect us. 
     Today this is an experience I enjoy reliving in my mind.  I love Assateague and have been back once in the intervening years and would like to go again.  Where else can one see this kind of beauty, roaring seas flattening out to a serene, shimmering, blue surface just a couple days after the storm; wild horses and deer coming right into camp, and beautiful sandy beaches.  Oh, I forgot to mention a major benefit of the storm.  The strong winds blew all the mosquitoes inland, so we did not have to deal with them.  Visit  Scenic Sunday for other great places to see. 


Bev said...

Looks like a beautiful place! Love the horses on the beach!!..What do people do without the peace that passes understanding!!

Anonymous said...

Chincoteague Island is a memorable place for my husband and I. That is where we got engaged :) It's very close to Assateague. These are good pictures!

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