Perfect is a word I would use to describe the weather yesterday. As I walked between buildings at work, the sun shone on my face and warmed me all over. A temperature in the mid-60s meant I could leave my coat behind as I walked outside. I heard a gentle breeze rustle peacefully through the leaves above me, as I felt it blow my hair. The tall prairie grasses in the flower beds swayed in a rhythmic dance. I work near an airport, and I watch the planes lift into the wind to destinations unknown. Tranquility wrapped me in the season of spring and rebirth.
Last week offered a very different scene here in Oklahoma. Fierce storms blew in with 70 MPH winds. Trees ripped up by the gales, lay across streets instead of gently swaying in the breeze. Power poles snapped in half plunged homes and business into darkness. Menacing skies forced everyone to stay indoors unless necessary to venture out. The prairie grasses looked beat down. The planes raced into the heavens to escape the effects of the winds. A cold, darkness filled the city with unpleasantness.
John 3:8 “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Throughout the Bible, we see God in the winds of life. From the gentle breezes that blew through the Garden of Eden to the air that caused raging storms on the Red Sea. The light gusts calmed Adam and Eve while the strong winds caused Jesus’ followers to tremble in fear. Psalm 104:4 tells us “The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.” God is in the wind. He can stir up the winds or He can calm them. Jesus does the same with the storms in our lives. When chaos blows all around us, God can calm the storm. Then when things are peaceful, He can stir up the winds to move us to action.
The breeze of today reminded me of God’s gentleness and grace. The winds from last week reminded me of God’s power and might. I use these symbols to remind me of God throughout my day. Jesus is always with me no matter what kind of wind is blowing.
Yvonne with Orphan Relief Effort
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”