Monday, November 18, 2013
And God Watches Over Us
Pooh would say it was a “blustery, wintry day,” but no --- it was just blustery.
I saw some branches alongside the road as I went to church this morning, and the traffic lights were out on the way to the coffee shop afterwards, but it was only when I returned home, in the daylight, that I saw the extent of the destruction from last night’s storm.
In my own back yard were a few good sized branches on the ground, dead branches that had cracked off from high up the maple tree. But on the main road running outside my subdivision were many trees, not just with branches torn off, but cracked apart at their bases, like the one pictured, with their branches torn into pieces lying nearby. It looked somewhat as if some passing giant had cracked off the trees, and then one by one pulled apart the branches.
Looking at the damage so near my home, I thanked God that He had directed the storm down the middle of the main roadway, away from the nearby homes, like mine.
The nearby 7-11 parking lot sported a couple of severely damaged trees. The owner was “hoping” the township would take responsibility and come and do a cleanup --- soon. And perhaps it would, but probably not soon. The damage around town appears extensive, but limited almost exclusively to trees and nearby fences. I came home and rang my neighbor’s doorbell, asking if I could borrow back the chain saw I had given him a few months ago, because “I never use it.” He smiled and said: “Indian-giver.”
I took the chain saw and some heavy branch clippers over to the 7-11, and Ron thanked me profusely. But I told him I was not just letting him use the saw, but also that I had plans to use my fireplace this winter, for the first time in years. “And I don’t have any firewood,” I said as I looked out the window into the parking lot at all the broken tree branches. He smiled. “Okay, Tom, where do you want your firewood stacked?”
“Oh no,” I said. “You don’t have to do that.”
“I’ll be by later to pick it up.”
Yes, God does watch over us, even to providing the firewood for our fireplaces.