By Rosie Moore

There is nothing more picturesque than to see the white snow falling gently to the ground, making bushes, trees, barns, houses and all sorts of statuesque objects look like white figures in the scenery.

This will continue for hours then, suddenly, something happens! The electric wires become heavy, the roads become flattened with snow or ice, people are chagrined because they can’t go anywhere, there are a lot of inconveniences at this time. There go our beautiful thoughts.

Watch the ocean waves lap on the sandy shore. So quietly and lazily, one has to wonder where they came from. Why are they so subdued? But, wait! After a day, or, even after hours of time, the ocean becomes a vicious, nasty tempest with extremely high waves that destroy everything in its path.

And, what about the wind? One day it is caressing our faces softly, bringing coolness that is acceptable on a very hot day. Our cheeks welcome it gladly and our bodies embrace it for its calmness and coolness that we love. Then, on another day, it starts to blow and blow, when least expected. It blows so hard everything comes tumbling down, buildings, trees, houses–it’s amazing what that calm breeze can become and what it can do.

The rain is another sought-after prize. We need it so badly, for our crops, for the creeks and rivers, but what if the rivers become floods and cascade down the hills into the valleys? Not to be expected, but it happens when we least expect it.

So are “the days of our lives,” full of uncertainties, full of catastrophes on the one hand, but filled with wonderment, and moments of happiness on the other hand. Each day that comes along we don’t know what it will bring forth….because nothing is what it seems.

In the Word of God, the book Ecclesiastics 3:15 says, “What has been done has been done before.” And it’s true, since time began. It all started back in the Garden of Eden.

Isaac Watts was an English Christian hymn-writer who wrote 750 hymns. Here is one of my favorites:

“O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come. Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home! Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; Sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, From everlasting, thou are God, to endless years the same.”

Whenever there are terrorist acts, horrible crimes against humanity, ravages performed by nature, remember these words. Remember the days when the winds were calm, the oceans were soothing and happiness entered our lives. Feel blessed for each day that comes along and don’t worry about things you can do nothing about. “One day at a time” is my motto and I hope it’s yours.

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