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Walking Through the Wind
The power of the wind can be seen most often in the damage it does. A few years back we returned home to Dewey from Christmas in the Sierra Nevada’s to find our 14’ walled trampoline hanging from a tree in the yard. The metal frame was twisted and broken, rendering it unusable.
Oklahoma is certainly known for its wind, or more specifically, its tornados. It really does “come sweeping ‘cross the plains”. This destructive vortex leaves a path of destruction wherever it goes. How often do we consult a weather app before heading out on a trip, going to church, or even to the store? As a result, sometimes we don’t feel like going because of the weather, or more accurately, the fear it inspires.
From King Solomon’s collected wisdom in Ecclesiastes 11:4, we read “He who watches the wind will not sow, and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.”
In life, checking the weather, testing the waters, consulting how we feel, will always lead us to find a reason to shirk our responsibility. There will always be some reason we don’t feel like forgiving someone. To live in freedom, you often have to go against your feelings and walk against the wind. You may have to forgive…against the wind. We consult conditions before keeping our commitments. But commitment means facing resistance with resolve.
In Matthew 14, right after witnessing Jesus – the Word (John 1:1) – feeding 5,000+ with a boy’s lunch, the Disciples headed across the lake. In the midst, they encountered a strong storm. In the boat with the wind against them. They were following Jesus’ assignment, which took them into a storm. They had to keep moving forward against the wind. Jesus “showing up” in the situation made them feel better, right? Ironically, the Disciples weren’t “terrified” – until Jesus showed up. That’s why we can’t act by our feelings. Often when He is closest, that’s the same moment when the wind presses us the hardest. But, Jesus didn’t stop the wind. He gave the Word.
Which one is stronger, the wind or the Word? The answer depends on which one you watch. When Jesus said to Peter, “come” and Peter stepped out of the boat, the wind did not have the power to knock Peter down. He didn’t begin sinking until he took his eyes off of the Word. The truth is, the wind was against them to prove that the wind bows to the Word.
Weather is meant to be “checked”, not watched. Watching life’s forecast leads to fear and gets you lost in your feelings, contradicting God’s will in your life.