who are picking up the pieces after Sunday’s tornado that ripped through Goderich and Ben Miller. We were packing up at the cottage just 30 minutes north of Goderich at the time it happened, but obviously knew nothing about it until an hour later when on our way home we were stopped at a police road-block and had to turn around. The officer was helpful with directions and said that there had been a tornado… which completely shocked us as although there had been storms earlier in the day, it was bright and sunny by then. And even on the out-skirts of town we saw trees with limbs ripped off, a huge solar panel shredded and debris everywhere and then we found out that it had hit Ben Miller too.. a tiny little town with a beautiful Inn that we normally drive through on our way too and from the cottage. Trees were down blocking the road, roofs were ripped off and I was grateful that our timing hadn’t been off. The first information we received on what had happened came from 101.7 Fm and on their website you can see pictures of the destruction… praise God there was only one fatality.
It does make you stop and think about how one minute everything is fine, and the next minute everything can change and in this case clearly not for the better. I am thankful every day that I can trust completely in God my Saviour, I know that I am in his hands, my children are in his hands, and the Bible is clear He is all-powerful and nothing can happen to me that He has not allowed. If He does allow times of suffering, I know that they will be used for His glory, even when I can’t see it. And again, He teaches me not to be anxious… in Philippians 4:6&7 he says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
And isn’t that what we all want… peace in the eye of the storm? So my thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives were turned upside down, and in my heart I ‘m thankful that tornado’s or sunny skies, God is in control.