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Does your blood pressure rise at the news of major falls in the stock market? If I were honest with you, I’d have to say, yes. It hurts to see that 1200+ points from the stock market could evaporate in a mere week or so.

Yet, I have to re-focus and ask myself: do I trust God for all things? Does He not give and take, and blessed be His name?

When I see thousands of dollars go down the drains, it’s heartbreaking, but I also know that God’s got it all under control. The stock market is merely an instrument, not salvation. Remembering that God is the one who provides for our needs, not the stock markets, is food for thought. I pray that I would trust God more each day, and rely not on my own ways.

Since the last time I wrote, I’ve done so much already:

I’ve moved to a new city with my family.

I’ve started my studies.

I’ve entered the elementary school classrooms.

My wife may be pregnant.

I’ve seen the stockmarkets cheer, collapse, bounce, collapse, in record rises and record falls.

Isn’t life funny? We get to see so many things go by us, or come alongside of us, that it seems strangely surreal. Without God holding it all together, how could I possibly fit into this grand scheme? (There’s a YouTube video/animation that realy brings home the point here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azbd4zYVJuQ)

I’m excited at what may come in the next few months. So much to look forward to, yet so many changes taking place as well. I trust that God’s got it all under control, and I’m praying that He would give me the directions to navigate the next few months. I certainly don’t know how it’s supposed to turn out!

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"Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel," by Laura Byrne Paquet (Fredericton:Goose Lane Editions, 2007) "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping malls, and the Search for Home," by Pico Iyer (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2000). "Outliers: The Story of Success," by Malcolm Gladwell (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008).

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