Tuesday, June 19, 2012

windstorm

Great Heron on Lake Lawtonka
 we decided to sail Lake Lawtonka on sunday evening.
greg had checked the weather and all looked favorable.
there were two other sailboats out amidst the other motor boats and water jets.
about 25 minutes into our sail, the wind picked up fast & furious! we were in the middle of
the lake going upwind - the waves increased as the wind increased and we
started to rock and reel. we were in trouble and couldn't turn around.
unfortunately our life jackets were below deck.
we are both strong swimmers, but i know that was bad planning. :(
 the wind eventually caused our 15' potter, Lil Henri D, to flip on its side.
i thought we were going to have to jump, but greg said to hang on and 
somehow we managed to get the sailboat back upright. 
and greg finally had a brief few seconds to get the main sail undone. 
we were rocking as if in an ocean.
hanging on, adrenaline flowing, i prayed for God to help us.
i called on the name of my Jesus.
we made it to the other side of the lake where thankfully the bank was muddy.
Lil Henri didn't get dashed by rocks.
the jib sail shred to pieces and a line was torn.
but we were safe.
the police monitoring the lake came and 'rescued' us.
they told us the wind gust were at 40 mph!!
greg had to tie Lil Henri to an old tree trunk sticking out of the water.
and we still haven't been able to go back and get 'him.'
it's still too windy.
Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt






 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Storm_on_the_Sea_of_Galilee

this was my Mark 4:35-41.

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