“All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me. That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?” Ecclesiastes 7:23-24 ->me: Yesterday was not only a true test of my character under the headship of God by my headship as a protector and father to Bella. We had a very long travel day of 11 hours from Salinas, CA to Roseburg, OR. We had very thick wildfire smoke from the Montecito Complex fire (now biggest in California history) and the Carr fire northeast of Redding. For most, driving through smoke is disconcerting and ominous but Bella has asthma and those stints very much scared her. We prayed, sang, and petitioned God to get us through…Which He did (at one point pretty amazingly where we popped out into a clear spot very quickly as a reprieve). This exercise of praying with Bella (and hearing her pray) and then seeing the Lord deliver was awesome! Then, when we arrived in Roseburg the Hotel we had secured overbooked themselves and had no rooms for us when we arrived at 9:45pm. After all the other anxiety of the day this was a little much for Bella. Again we prayed and the Lord provided a hotel that had been newly renovated just a mile down the road…seeing God answer again. These verses help us see that even the most wise man in all of history could not grasp God’s plan and purpose. So, when God allows the conundrums and adversity in our lives to come along…both Bella and I can tell you that God answers prayer, God provides comfort, and God provides peace when the answers are not clear to man’s earthly wisdom.