Then there are things that are completely out of our control.
After arriving home last night from two weeks in the States, I woke up during the night to howling winds. (*I just heard that they've been up to 130 km per hour).
While I usually find a certain amount of comfort in those winds (it feels good to be inside and know you're protected), the result of them today was not a good one.
We often get wind here, but this particular windstorm had a force that we haven't had in a while. It completely demolished our greenhouse.
But as I said before, there are things within our control and one of those is how we respond!
So in the words of Dave's dad long ago when we lost the engine on a van, "Have you thanked God for it yet?"
Yes I have! There are so many things to be thankful for. We didn't have a hurricane and lose everything. We have our home, cars and lives in tact. That's no small thing considering all the natural disasters that have been in the news recently.
So as it continues to howl this afternoon, I take my cue from the Psalmist who wrote chapter 46 of that book.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging...
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."