A Hail of a Night

Really? What a hail of a night. I haven’t planted a veggie garden in over 30 years. Now I remember why I stopped…HAIL.

During the 5 o’clock news, I heard parts of Denver had 2” hail and the storm was forecast to come to my area. I ran to the garage and grabbed 5 empty trashcans; then to my veggie garden. I covered 5 of my 6 tomato plants.

My attempt at covering my garden as the hail begins to decimate my yard and garden.

Back to the garage, dumped the wood from a metal firewood rack; back to my veggie garden. Placed the firewood rack in the middle of the garden and a plastic tarp over it. Secured the ends of the tarp with bricks.

If we were going to get hail, I wasn’t giving up without a fight. I’ve been planning my veggie garden for a year! I believe the tarp would have worked if we had a little hailstorm. What I couldn’t know was that it would hail for over an hour. It looks like it snowed last night.

All my plants are devastated… flowers, veggies and trees. The backyard is BROWN from pine cones being shredded. The front yard is littered with tree foliage. All my perennials are decimated. My veggie garden is stripped.

The only surviving plants are the five tomato plants covered by trashcans and the plants in the middle of my garden, which were covered by the tarp draped over the firewood rack. The sixth uncovered tomato plant was shredded. Think, I’ll purchase enough trashcans to cover ALL my tomato plants.

Not much left of the one tomato plant
NOT covered by a trash can.

I can only imagine the loss farmers must experience after a severe storm. My livelihood is not dependent on my garden. At least, I can still go to the grocery store to purchase the food I need.

I’m still trying to figure out what I’ve learned from this storm. I know in Proverbs 19:21 it says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

We all know of poor Job, who lost everything. In the end, God told him that He was God and didn’t need to explain himself to Job. After complaining and complaining, Job finally submitted to God. God restored everything two fold!

I can plan all I want. I can flawlessly execute my plan. In the end, it’s the Lord’s purposes that prevails. God is the One who gives the harvest. He is the One who is in control. When bad things happen do we blame God or do we turn to Him?

You can see the firewood rack (that I covered with a tarp) protected part of my garden.

One thought on “A Hail of a Night

  1. Rose says:

    “God is the One who gives the harvest. He is the One who is in control.” —– Amen! Thank you for your educational and Christian based newsletter. It is very helpful and refreshing!

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