Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Against All Odds

I am blessed to live in the Space Coast area of Florida, where the beaches and dunes are preserved for Turtle Nesting. This little hatchling was battling both the waves and the odds to survive his return to the sea. He was turned around and getting pounded by waves near the shore, when he encountered some little rescuers who scooted him out further beyond the crashing waves. If you have ever watched a mother turtle nesting, it is an amazing experience, and one I will never forget. Out of hundreds of eggs, only a couple of hatchlings actually survive to adulthood. Many don’t make it past the first few days of life. There are some days that I can relate to the hatchling where the odds seemed so stacked against me and the obstacles seem too large to overcome. Ever had a day like that?

Within the first few months of living in Florida, we experienced four hurricanes, ironically, the first one starting on Friday the 13th, August 2004. Was that a message? Many friends asked if we regretted our move here, but we pointed to the many upsides of living where we do...and we still love it here. Recently, we were impacted by Tropical Storm Fay. Entering from the west coast, who would have thought she would have left such an impact on our tiny east coast town...flooding, tornado warnings and almost 30" of rain — half of our yearly amount in just 3 days, and miraculously we remained dry and with power! (We're hoping it stays that way!) Who would have expected Fay to cancel 4 of the first 5 days of school; she was merely a Tropical Storm who parked herself over Melbourne, FL. So if you never knew where I lived before, I am sure from the news, you have now at least heard of Melbourne.

Although our hurricane season doesn’t end until November, nothing compares to watching a turtle nesting, seeing the shuttle launch on the Fourth of July, taking a walk on the beach whenever time allows, not being confined all winter long, spontaneous shell hunting and feeling even closer to God while watching another beautiful sunrise. So the next time you feel like that little hatchling, embrace all the good that surrounds you, and you too, will survive the worst.

1 comment:

Susan Stringfellow said...

awwwwwwwwwww! That is too precious. So I hope this means you did NOT evac.