Last weekend we took a road trip to Canada to see Niagara Falls. We were excited for the trip, but we were also bummed about life because earlier that week, the job we were hoping I’d get in San Francisco fell through. Road trips make me feel better because it seems like we’re leaving our problems in the dust, but after a few hours of driving, we realized we couldn’t drive away from our problems forever, so we called our very wise friend, Doug, for some advice.
He suggested that we shift our focus from all of the “what now?” questions and use this change of scenery to take in the majesty of Niagara Falls and the greatness of God. And so we did just that.
It was a snowy evening when we arrived in Canada. The Niagara falls was amazing! The thundering sound of the water and the power of the falls reminded us of the powerful God we serve. It also made us realize how small we are. Just because our dreams may not be happening, and things aren’t turning out the way we expected, that doesn’t mean our life is spinning out of control and tumbling over the waterfall. It just means we’re not in control. It’s in those moments we are learning to trust the only One who has ever had control in the first place.
The next day we drove to Toronto and walked around an amazing Farmer’s Market. We sampled local cheese and freshly baked bread and couldn’t resist buying some Cervelat sausage; red, orange and yellow cherry tomatoes; bright orange tangerines with the green leaves still attached; salty olives; roasted eggplant wrapped around provolone cheese and sun dried tomatoes and a loaf of fresh bread. In Toronto we saw some reindeer and the CN tower, and ate Poutine which is a Canadian dish of french fries and fresh cheese curds covered with brown gray or sauce. We probably wouldn’t order it again, but it was not the grossest thing we ever ate either. The next morning we woke up early and explored the NY side of the falls before driving home. It is so cold that the mist turns to ice and covers the trees and fences and even the blades of grass. It was magical!