The wind was against them now, and Piglet’s ears streamed behind him like banners as he fought his way along, and it seemed like hours before he got them into the shelter of the Hundred Acre Wood and they stood up straight again, to listen, a little nervously, to the roaring of the gale among the tree-tops.

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”

“Supposing it didn’t” said Pooh after careful thought.

Piglet was comforted by this, and in a little while they were knocking and ringing very cheerfully at Owl’s door.

A. A. Milne, The House At Pooh Corner, 132-133.
Illustration by Ernest H. Shepard

Most of what we fear will happen never happens. Some things we never fear will happen actually do happen.

On this blustery day, Pooh carefully decides that he can comfort his friend with a hopeful thought–the odds are in their favor that a tree will not fall on them.

And, in this case, it worked. Piglet was comforted.

Some fears won’t be rationalized with. Most will–it’s worth the work. It’s also a kindness to help a friend think about things from a different perspective.

So, my friends, let’s go visit Owl, shall we? After all, we know the One who commands the wind.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8:27