I’ll admit it, I’m an old fuddy duddy and I like my routine. Up at 6:00 a.m. Off to work at 7. Home at 5 p.m. Then there’s dinner, some reading, devotions with my wife, a little channel surfing, then lights out at 10. But sometimes the Lord throws us a curveball.
This past Wednesday, my wife and I were watching the morning news and they cautioned that strong winds were expected later that day. We have many oak trees on our lot and many large branches of our neighbors’ oaks hang over the lot line as well. My wife is a worry wort and the weather report put her over the edge. We’ve already removed three trees that were close to the house. I reassuringly told her not to worry. “It’ll be 50 years after we’re dead before one of those trees comes through the roof,” I said.
Well, I arrived at home after work Wednesday afternoon and things looked okay from the driveway. But when I walked around to the back of the house there was a huge branch from my neighbor’s oak resting on our roof along with a fair amount of damage (see photo). Argh! Our entire neighborhood with its many trees was hit hard in the windstorm that wreaked havoc throughout the entire county. I filed a claim with the insurance company and we went out to dinner because there’s nothing else to do at 6:00 p.m. when the power is out.
While we were sitting in the restaurant, our son called my wife’s cell to see how we made out. She told him what I had said about the trees not coming down until after we were dead, and our agnostic/atheist son said that was kind of like the scoffers who said even God couldn’t sink the Titanic!
Well, I wouldn’t put this in the same category as the Titanic but praise the Lord our self-confessed agnostic/atheist son is thinking in spiritual terms!
So power remains out two days later and it won’t be back anytime soon. 100,000 homes in the county are still without power. The average daily low temperature over the next 10 days is forecasted at 20-degrees. Because the wind damage was county-wide, I don’t anticipate the tree removal crew for awhile. And then there’s the repairs on the home that need to be done.
Praise the Lord no one was hurt in the entire county.
I thank the Lord we have a fireplace in our basement.
I thank the Lord for this little setback, which puts things in perspective. We’re to lean on the Lord in all things. He’s our Rock, not our circumstances or our cherished routines. Challenges in our life reveal what (or Who) we’re trusting in.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
p.s. My access to the internet will probably be nonexistent over the weekend so I won’t be able to post or read postings from others. Have a nice weekend!