The school bus had stopped right there just a short time before.
The neighbor lady had just driven past on her way home from work.
In an unusual turn of events for our busy, crowded neighborhood,
no children were walking down the side walk or riding bicycles or skateboards down the street,
no cars were parked by the curb where it fell.
I was upstairs in my bedroom getting ready to go to my daughter's house.
If the neighbor's tree had fallen towards my house instead of towards the street,
it would have come right through my bedroom.
When I heard the wood split and felt the shudder as the tree hit the ground,
a million what ifs ran through my mind.
We live in a neighborhood filled with old growth trees.
Every time we have a windstorm I pray protection over us, our property and my neighbors.
Yesterday, when the neighbor's tree cracked and the top third came crashing down,
God's hand guided the whole turn of events.
It fell diagonally across the street, missing every home, car, person, and even the mail boxes.
Praise be to God!
I have had a few other what if moments in my life.
There was the time I was in a car full of ladies returning from a retreat.
The weather was very icy and we were in a multi-car accident on a major highway.
When the crashing and slipping and sliding all stopped,
our car was partially tucked under the trailer of a semi truck, unscathed.
There was the time, when we lived in the little white parsonage next to the church,
on the highway up to Mt. Hood.
I was in the corner of our bedroom praying when a car left the highway,
crashed through our mailboxes,
and hit the corner of the house right where I was praying.
However, some cement that circled our irrigation pipe took the brunt of the car's impact
so it didn't penetrate through the inner wall of the house.
In this life that seems so fragile and fleeting,
we can become tormented with what ifs.
Instead, we hold the trump card.
We serve the One Who is greater than all of the what ifs;
we serve the great I AM!
He holds His children in the palm of His great hand.
He is our Shield,
We can trust Him with confidence that our times are in His hands.
The what ifs must bow to the One Who was, Who is, Who is to come,
the One Who holds the calendar with our appointed times and seasons.
I will not yield to fear of the what ifs of life.
I chose to trust in the One Who is Lord of every what if I have faced in the past or will ever face in the future.
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