It’s amazing how fragile your routines and life structures are, and how easily in a moment things can get dramatically turned upside down.
Which makes you wonder how people cope in difficult times without the conviction that in providence all things are being well worked out for good. A review I read a while ago of that newish book by the minister who had cancer said that that’s the kind of conviction you need to build up when things are going well. When your world is being shattered by some catastrophe, then is not the time to start working out whether goodness is one of the divine attributes. But with that conviction under your belt as entirely non-negotiable, storms are much more weatherable when they arise.
(And that’s not an apologetic point. It’s not that, since feeble humans can’t cope without a belief in providence, therefore there must be such a thing as divine providence. It’s, how reassuring providence is, given that God sustains, upholds, preserves, and provides.)