Jackie and Linda came round last night - Linda especially early so she could park her car outside before they closed the road off. Jackie had to toil up the stairs as the lift is broken! (I may have to listen in to the meeting today, unless they can fix it in time.) So not the greatest of starts.
Anyway, we watched Strictly with wine and nibbles and then I brought out the usual bonfire stuff - cheese, biscuits, pate, hot sausage rolls and garlic bread - (to be followed by apple crumble and ice-cream) - but we began to realise there were no crowds outside - the bonfire was not lit - nothing. The whole thing had been cancelled by Health and Safety - because the weather might worsen.
The spirit of the Blitz has clearly gone.
It was a stormy night though, with, so they say, much worse to come tonight. The Captain has moved the balcony furniture indoors, and all the pots right to the back of the balcony. The sky is overcast, full of cloud , the Channel is racing, and the seagulls are shining white against the intense green of The Green.
And it making me think of the great power and artistry of the One who created it - the Grand Creator, Jehovah of armies. And thank Him.
It all looks so lovely. But how will it look tomorrow if the coming storm is going to be as bad as they say?
So I am also remembering how Jesus calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When God's Kingdom is ruling over us, we will be able to enjoy the wonder of storms, without having to fear them. Everything will be back in the perfect balance that prevailed in Eden.