What a word you might say. Well it’s the best word that I could come up with at the moment to try to describe the wind or the sound of wind. Actually, I am not a big fan of the wind. I remember as a young boy the howling sound of the strong winds that blew against our home. The windows would shake and there were times that I felt the roof of our home was going to blow off. Every time I saw the skies darken and the trees begin to move it would truly freak me out! I particularly remember this one huge storm that hit Las Vegas when I was an adult. The mid-day skies went from being bright and clear one moment to almost complete darkness the next moment. It seemed like the hurricane force winds that blew across the city that day lasted forever; I thought my home was going to blow away. There was a lot of damage done to the city that day and also to many of the homes in my neighborhood. I could never live in what they call ‘Torando Alley.’ All it would take is one tornado and I guarantee you would find this Mexican pastor moving somewhere else the next day.
The wind though can be very beneficial. It blows the pollution out of our skies and it also moves our trash into someone else’s yard:) just kidding!! But there is also a spiritual connection to the wind that as Christians we must recognize. Psalm 135:6-7 “The Lord does whatever pleases Him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. He makes the clouds rise from the ends of the earth; He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from the storehouses.”
Just by this one verse in the Bible we can see that all the powers of nature are at the disposal of the Lord, for Him to use in any way He chooses. Jesus says in Matthew 5:45 that the Father causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Sounds sort of unfair, right.
I can remember that when I first became a Christian I thought the rest of my days were going to be bright, sunny, stress free days; there would be nothing but smooth sailing from that point on. Boy did I have a major lesson to learn. Just as I was beginning to enjoy that wonderful thought, the skies in my life began to darken and the trees began to bend and suddenly a storm rose up in my life that for me at that time, was the storm of my life. I thought that I was going to be overcome by the ferocious wind of turmoil that was blowing in my life at that time. Then the verse found in Psalm 107 came to life for me. “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”
Ever since that time I have not failed to notice the many times that my Lord and Savior Jesus came to my rescue to save me from the storms in my life. David declared in Psalm 68:1-3 “May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him. As smoke is blown away by the wind, may You blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” Our Lord is constantly watching over His children! Are there any of God’s people who cannot shout out Praise the Lord right about now!!!
Jesus said in John 3:8 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
There are those cool breezes on a hot summer day that we all so greatly appreciate and the scorching, destructive winds which tear things down and that get our attention. Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As you do not know the path of wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”
There is a line in that old Mother Goose rhyme that goes like this: March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. Are the skies getting dark in your life right about now? Are you seeing the trees beginning to sway from side to side. Do you think that the rain is never going to stop? If this is true, it looks like some beautiful flowers are in your horizon:)
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