Mid-April Burnet, Texas hosts a festival to honor our state flower the Bluebonnet. Last year we stumbled on to this Festival quite by accident. This year we made plans to attend well in advance. Marshall secured a hotel reservation. Even though the reservation was made months in advance the closest room to be found was in Lampasas. We spent the next couple of months anticipating our weekend getaway. Spring in the Hill Country is generally beautiful with many wildflowers, and bluebonnets, and lots of green.
However, this trip did not turn out quite like we expected. As we left Abilene traveling down Highway 36 we saw several beautiful stands of bluebonnet along the highway traveling toward Cross Plains. The further south we traveled we saw fewer and fewer bluebonnets! We soon discovered that the Hill Country have not received enough rain at the proper time for the bluebonnets to be lush and brilliant blue. Yes, that was disappointing. In the past we have witnessed entire fields carpeted with blue. It is a breathtaking sight. Determined not to let this ruin our weekend we drove on hoping for serendipitous adventures to come.
The Hill Country is sprinkled with cities and towns that have a German heritage. Having lived in Germany for 3 years, our youngest daughter being born there, we enjoyed the German cuisine. It has been difficult to find authentic German food. We were told by several people that Eve’s Cafe on the square in Lampasas has wonderful authentic German food. Off we went and sure enough the schnitzel was the best I’ve had since leaving Germany. I would recommend it to anyone.
As we finished our schnitzel I could see black clouds in the distance. I remember wondering what direction those storm clouds we’re heading. Our homemade chocolate pie arrived at our table and thoughts of dark clouds and storms left my mind! We lingered at our table a few minutes longer. While the couple sitting next to us signed my quilt. As we left the restaurant it began to RAIN!
We arrived at our hotel damp and wind-blown. As we approached the lobby door a woman soaked from head to toe made an announcement. “The electricity is off; the doors won’t open we’re stuck out here.” I passed her with a smile and push the doors apart to her surprise. Once in the dark lobby folks began to say things like but we can’t get into our rooms. The keys are electronic. If we get into our room, we can’t watch TV or anything like that. Confusion and desperation could be heard from every corner. The hotel staff tried their best to calm everyone explaining that the door locks are equipped with battery-operated assistance during electrical emergencies as well as battery operated emergency lighting throughout the hallways. Some folks were still apprehensive.
I won’t even go into the confusion over the elevators! All I will say is another guest stepped out of the stairwell and announced that the stairs still work! We had a chance for an impromptu exercise session with three flights of stairs. Our room key worked perfectly, and the window opened enough to give us a gentle breeze. About an hour later electrical service was restored. Spontaneous adventure, Wow that describes our evening at the hotel.
Some folks did not handle the circumstances well. The darkness caused fear, confusion and anxiety. Some folks were so disoriented they were unable to move or think clearly. Seeing how the darkness affected those around us these words of wisdom come to mind.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalms 119:105 ESV
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 ESV
This world we live in can be a dark scary place, but for those of us who trust Jesus we have this great promise….
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 ESV
Written by Susan