Once everything died down & I was able to fully assess the damages. Two walls of siding on the house were completely destroyed, my roof...oh my roof. It looked as if shingles were smashed into a million pieces & a hole was found on the front area of the roof. Thankfully, the hole didn't go all the way through as to cause a leak, but my less than 4 yr old roof stood there needing to be completely replaced. Windows had been broken out along one side of the house leaving nothing but glass fragments all over the place.
Then I saw my truck. *an even deeper sigh* The windshield was shattered to the point that there wasn't even a centimeter that you could see through. The hail had hit so powerfully that it ripped...yes, ripped...part of the back passenger frame above the door. It was as if someone took a knife blade and jaggedly ran it inside and out of the metal. Pieces of the windshield trim were broken off. The hood and roof were dented beyond compare. It tore up everything front the top to the sides to the grill.
As I looked around the yard, it was as if someone had used my property as a golf course. The hail divots that were left behind were larger and deeper than you can imagine. My walkway & driveway concrete were speckled as if it were hit by paint balls. That wasn't the case though. The white areas were actually where the hail hit so hard that it literally 'cleaned' the cement! I now have polk-a-dot concrete.
As much damage as I had, I am very fortunate. Many others in the path of the storm faced much worse. My dear friend had water leaking into her home. Even after having a tarp placed over the roof she still is finding new leaks with each rainfall. Everywhere you look, even a month later, there are plenty of hail damaged vehicles on the road, roofers and contractors working overtime, glass companies with waiting lists for replacement glass...it's as if a small war broke out over part of the area. Yet, other parts of town were barely affected.
As heartbreaking as it was & is, GOD has never left my side. What Satan meant for evil, GOD is turning around for HIS glory! While at the time, it feels like there is no way out of a bad situation and I wondered to myself how it could get any worse. Thankfully I have insurance but the repairs, of course, are above and beyond the settlement check amount. So that's extra money out of pocket that was not planned for. My truck was completely totaled, and although there is insurance money that was paid on the claim, to replace a vehicle is no small cost...even when done economically. "LORD, how on earth am I going to be able to get all this taken care of?" I asked. As the days went by, I could see HIS mighty hand at work. It wasn't up to me to figure out how on earth to get it taken care of and find the finances to do it with...GOD already had it under control. HE was working on it here on earth but HE was doing it from the Heavenly realm.
(Yes, I had to throw this in there!)
What seemed like weeks of eternity waiting and dealing with adjusters and insurance claim issues, stress, etc. seems to finally have an end in sight. In the last 72 hours GOD has shown HIMSELF faithful, as always. I have to remember, GOD is not on my time schedule nor is HE on yours, but one thing is for certain...HE is always right on time!