• Jenny Lynn Keller

Taking Cover


Want to hear a good story on this Southern-fried Friday? A friend of mine sent me this picture recently, and here’s why. During Spring 2017 he landscaped the small front yard of his Florida home. Planted multiple hibiscus, several small palms, and a bunch of bedding plants. Then Hurricane Irma hit in early September. The eye passed right over his house sitting on the bay. Nothing remained after twelve hours of 160 mph winds, almost a foot of rain, and a wall of saltwater storm surge. His roof blew off, the house imploded, and his yard washed away with the tide.


Or so he thought . . . until this spring when his neighbor two doors inland discovered this solitary petunia growing under a concrete bench beside his house. Since the neighbor’s yard contained only rock, he immediately knew the plant’s source—the large bed of pink petunias my friend planted near his front door last spring. Yep, this little fella survived Irma by taking shelter in a secure place. And the wonderful thing is we can do the same. Psalm 91 says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty . . . He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield . . .”


Now it’s your turn. What flowers will be blooming in your yard this year?

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