October 31 – The Old Root Cellar

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.  Proverbs 15:4

We have a wonderful old cellar here on the farm.  I love the damp smell of historic moments that seeps through the cement walls.  I wonder exactly how my grandpa built it and wish I could ask grandma how she was able to fill it full of canned goods every summer.

You can see on the outside a tiny window as you stand on the first step past the cellar door.  My dad recalled watching my grandpa looking out that window during a vicious thunderstorm. As a little boy, dad said he would never forget the tears rolling down grandpa’s face.  He was watching the storm tear his wheat crop to shreds before his very eyes.  I know that moment must have made a deep impression on my dad because he still remembers it to this day.

I’ve had them, and you’ve had them.  Life-altering moments when we think no one sees or understands.  Back more than fifty years ago, with no other provision for his family in sight, I know grandpa must have been feeling like that.

But God knows.  Regardless of our feelings and in spite of gut-wrenching circumstances, He will never leave or forsake us.  Nothing and no one can pluck us out of His hand.  And our belief in His goodness and mercy makes His presence during tragedy even more real.

The cellar is still here.  Still holding me and my family warmly and safely through the worst of storms.  And God still sees, and He still knows.

Jennifer 🙂

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