It was 1am on Saturday night and I couldn’t sleep. Tossing and turning, I knew something was wrong. At the time, I didn’t know I was feverish, but I woke my husband and confided in him. For some reason, we both decided to pack up early at the hotel and head out. Who leaves in the middle of the night? We do, I guess. I poked my head around the corner of the window curtain. “Hey, Matt, look. It’s raining ice.”
By the time we got to the car, the windows were almost frozen shut and the parking lot had a layer of ice on it in various places. We turned left onto the main road, away from where civilization seemed to be and crept into more dark as the tiny balls of wet ice came thumping down. Matt had to sit up on the edge of his seat to be able to see, and though I was tired, all the weather excitement had me gripping for life.
I hope this was a good idea, I thought. And I wondered if God sort of nudged us out of town so we wouldn’t get stuck in it. We had to be home that day.
At one point, my eyes swore they saw something up ahead. It was a light colored gray but I couldn’t make it out. By the time I realized what it was, it was almost too late. “Braaaa!!” was all that came out before my husband swerved to miss a giant fallen down tree, covering almost the entire road. We had just passed a semi truck, and it looked like he plowed right through. The few cars we had already passed who were in the ditch, light blinking as cops made their way had me praying for them, and for us. Would we make it home okay?
We did, praise God. And I no sooner got my bags in the door and had to lay down. I got slammed with what seemed to be the flu bug with upper respiratory blahness. The kind where you can cough a symphony and sleep eludes you as fever and chills haunt. My husband had to get stronger meds so I could even sleep. I am so thankful to have been able to attend the Faith and Festival Writing Conference. I hope to share more in the coming days, but for now, it is all I can do to sit up and type this. Today I’m going to have to work in short spurts! Even so, I had to tell you a story because that’s what we do. So keep writing, because even when it’s difficult — it is so worth it.
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