Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Story about the fallen tree



I know my blog is about nature photography and I don't have a photograph of the tree in this story. My daughter is the story teller, and she does have a blog for telling stories. But I just have to tell this story. My mother is 81 years old, she lives in Georgia alone now in the house I grew up in with my 4 brothers. She is a very strong christian woman, does community service not weekly but daily. Over the last year almost every time I talk to her she has wanted to tell me about this tree in the neighbor's yard across the street. She is concerned about it falling and hitting her house. She has spoke to the neighbor and the neighbor sees nothing wrong with the strong leaning oak tree. So my mother prays, and she says she prays about this tree daily. Well, the roots finally gave way after dark a couple of weeks ago. When it hit the ground and all the lights went off the sound was enormous. She thought somebody had hit a pole and knocked the power off. Transformers are loud when they pop. She was busy looking for the candles when a different neighbor calls to ask if she is ok, and did the tree hit her house. She says "The Tree fell?". Yep. Hit a car too. Just on the trunk, and the 2 teenagers walked away unhurt. Well, Georgia Power came and cleaned up the power mess and her driveway well enough for her to get her car out of the garage. But her house was not hit. The impact was so great that some of the limbs are inbedded in the concrete of her driveway. Not asphalt, but concrete. Couple days later Mama and another lady (Frances) about her age were out in the driveway cleaning up the little limbs they could handle. A man stops and tells her he and his wife are christians and they want to take care of all the mess for her. She tells him she will be ok, and will be able to handle it. Long story short on that is the man would not take no for an answer. The next week she is gone all day volunteering at the food pantry, stops by Frances' house on the way home. Frances ask her what she thinks of her yard. Mama doesn't know it until then, but they had been working in her yard all day. Well, I thought all along this man must cut trees for a living so he was going to give a day of service to her. But I was wrong. He runs a tatoo parlor and he paid to cleanup the tree and the 4 trees that were damaged in her yard by the falling tree. I asked a few more questions about him at that point. He and his wife are in their mid 2os, she is a hairdresser. I could not believe this story. My mother blesses so many people and this has been such a blessing to her that this stranger felt such a need to do this for her. She was crying as she told me this story. Her prayers were answered all the way around, the main thing was nobody was hurt by this tree when it fell.

The tree at the top was taken at the Spring City Park in Spring City, Tennessee earlier this month. Don't know why the photograph downloaded so small. If I had wanted it to it wouldn't have. Oh well.

14 comments:

Craig Glenn said...

Leedra,

I am new to your blog and was captivated by your story. I live in Central Florida now, but grew up in South Ga. My grandmother is in her late 80's and could very well be your mother as you described her. LOL. Scanned through your blog and enjoyed your post. Look forward to following along in the future.

Craig

Lynne said...

Leedra, your Mother's story gave me goosebumps. It shows that the kindnesses she has showed to others has returned as a blessing to her.



LOL! Are you baking today? Your word verification is "myoven"

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow--what a powerful story, Leedra. Your mother is truly a remarkable woman. AND--as my mother used to say: "Those who give will receive ten-fold." Your mother does give--and now she is receiving. God Bless ALL of them. Thanks for telling this story. Glad no one was hurt.

Jen said...

I love this story!
The reason your picture of the tree is small is because it isn't the focus of this story...the power of prayer and our Lord is.
Love your neighbor!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What a lovely story and true as well. I think this shows the power of prayer.God works in wonderful ways we can't even imagine.Glad to hear your mother is alright and still doing so well.God bless both of you.
Blessings,Ruth

Darla said...

God blesses those that bless others. Prayer is powerful ! Praise the Lord.....another thing to be Thankful for.........

MicheleRF said...

What an inspirational story for Thanksgiving. Thank you.

Ms. Hays said...

I absolutely love stories like this where someone actually does something GOOD FOR SOMEONE instead of hurting them. I've always been told that GOD works in mysterious ways and I find proof of it all the time!!! GOD bless you and yours! Happy Holidays!

Beautiful photo, btw!

Salty said...

Awesome! and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Eve said...

A wonderful story of the power of prayer and the goodness of those around us!
Thanks Leedra! Hi to your mom!!!

Mary C said...

Leedra, God is good and His angels protect those who ask Him for protection. PTL that no one was hurt. Great story to share.

Rose said...

Just now reading this--what a wonderful story. I love stories like this, too. I really think all news shows should be required to do an uplifting story like this during every show.

Denise said...

That is such a warm-hearted story. I am so thankful that your Mom wasn't hurt and how fantastic of this young couple to go out of their way to do such an incredible act of kindness. This is the sort of thing we all need to hear about and take note. Thanks for sharing it with us.

The Tile Lady said...

What a truly BEAUTIFUL story, Leedra! Bless your sweet Mom for all the volunteer work she does! God was really looking out for her!
Marie

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