Wonderful Way to Start the Year
A storm came early Monday morning. It woke us up in the middle of the night with swirling winds, lightning flashes, and rumbling thunder. Our youngest boy, Andrew, knocked on our bedroom door as he sought our parental comfort. Our puppy was whining. Typically this scenario would not be welcome. I mean, I treasure my sleep. However after the year we have had, it was a sheer joy to wake up to the sound of the downpour on our metal roof. I did not mind the inconvenience of a whining dog and scared child.
The storm was not short lived. It lasted most of the day, but by noon the really hard rain had left. Instead, a soaking rain set in for a few more hours. We watched as puddles spilled into larger ones, which then eventually led to some minor flooding as the once dry creek beds filled and spilled over.
This was not our first rain during this drought. We have been blessed this fall and winter with occasional showers. They have had an incredible effect on our winter grass. These rains have provided a steady soaking of the ground. In spite of these showers, our ponds and lakes have been lower than we have ever witnessed. Run-off had not really begun to refill them.
We cannot say that anymore. Just look at the before and after photos of the same lake on our ranch. If you will recall, we built the pier this summer in the hopes that we would once again have a full lake.
In literature, a rain like we experienced Monday symbolizes a rebirth or fresh start. This is exactly how we feel. It is like we have turned a corner. Our land is on the mend from the devastating effects of such a severe drought. To receive 6.6 inches in one day is truly a blessing. Cross Creek Cattle Company is looking forward to watching as God heals our land and restores it. What a wonderful way to start this new year!