One of the most frequent phrases in novels is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” That is certainly true of recent southern Wisconsin weather. When I woke up early this morning, the sky was bright, even though the hour was early. Now, two hours later, clouds have gathered and it is dark outside.

That’s normal when thunderstorms are predicted, but in the last two weeks, the weather has bounced all over the place. We can expect upper sixties and seventies for this time of the year, but some days, the temperature is in the mid-eighties, then it plunges to the forties the very next day. Three days ago we had a storm with straight line winds that ripped trees in half and scattered smaller limbs and leaves all over the lawn.

When I went out to inspect the damage, I was amazed to see that the columbine blossoms were spread out a bit, but still blooming. My forget-me-nots had lost a few blossoms, but they are still growing strong. My bleeding hearts and petunias were in the shelter of the house and waving gently in the breeze, still brightening my heart and reassuring me that all is well.

Troubles come and troubles go. Some days all goes well with us, and we are content and happy. Perhaps the very next day we get bad news or we don’t feel well. Then in a little while, problems are solved and good things happen.

No matter what happens in our lives, God is constant. We can trust Him to take care of us, whether the storms come into our lives or we feel the warmth of the sun on our shoulders as we tend the beautiful flowers that grace our souls and our gardens. God is good.

Right now, though, I’m glad I didn’t put my sweaters and jackets away yet.

Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

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