If you live in west Texas, you know about the wind. Today the wind is especially strong. It’s cold hands push you with a force that is absolutely ridiculous. Dust pelts my face like little tiny pin-pricks. My hair is blown so bad, a style is unrecognizable. A receipt from my purse blows out and will probably end up in Arkansas. My car weaves on the road pushed by a force I can’t see. The wind is powerful.
As I walked with my son into his school this morning, we both were shocked by the force of the wind as we got out of the car. I yelled over it’s noise, “Come on bub! Grab my hand! Let’s run!” I looked at my son’s face, there was a little apprehension, but no hesitation. He grabbed my hand hard and we started to walk quickly towards the door to his school. As we were struggling against the force of the wind, we tried to run, but it was hard, I exclaimed, “Wow, this wind is crazy!” I looked down at my 5 year old’s face and the expression was of absolute delight. With one hand he gripped mine tightly and with the other he was holding his hood of his jacket on his head. The biggest smile was on his face as we walked and ran into his school.
Immediately I related this struggle against the wind to my own walk with God. How do I face the wind? Do I have the biggest smile on my face, relishing the forces around me and dwelling on my grip on the hand of God? Or do I frown, and complain and wish I didn’t have to deal with the force of the wind?
My life has had times where the wind of pain and struggle was so strong I didn’t think I could stand up. With tears and disgust I would grudgingly hold the hand of God as He guided me through something I couldn’t weather alone. I hated the wind. I didn’t understand why it was so strong and why I was so weak. But regardless of my attitude, God was right there, ready to help, guiding me and directing me to a place that was calm and protected.
I hate to say this, but I know there will be more difficult times in my life ahead, that is just how life is. Good for awhile, and difficult for awhile. Inevitably, the wind will return. But, this time, I will be ready, with a smile on my face to grab the hand of God with strength and laugh as we run through the gale, to a place of calm, growth, and peace.
Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. Ja. 1:12