Sunday, 22 May 2011

Step out, feel the wind!

I love the feeling of the wind, especially on days like today, when the wind is so strong you feel like its going to push you over. I love to close my eyes and feel the wind sweep over my face. I love how a strong wind roars so loudly that it drowns out all other sounds. The wind, just like God, is invisible. We cant see it, but we know its there. We can see the effects of it. Feel its touch. Experience its power. When we are in a gust of wind...we cant hear anything but the wind. Just like that, when we are spending time in God, the sound of the world is silenced..we are better able to hear God, and better able to ignore the beckoning of the things of this world. When in the wind..we dont doubt its there. We feel the chill on our skin, we feel the wind flow through our hair - we cannot deny its presence. In the same way, when we are spending time in God, we cannot doubt He is there. We feel His love for us, we know of His protection over us, and we feel the security of His presence. We feel Him in the small things...Hugs from loved ones and friends, the fellowship He blesses us with, the support He provides for us, the strength He gives us. When watching the wind, we see its power, it bends the tallest and strongest of trees, makes them bow down with ease. And like that, we can see God at work, if only we stop and look. We can see Him at work in our lives, in the lives of those around us. But when I step inside my house from being out in the wind, I am immediately cut off from the wind. I cannot hear it anymore. Or feel it. I cannot sense it. The wind is still there...and when I look out my window, I can see it swaying the trees, but from in here, it does not affect me at all. And we so often do the same in our relationship with God. How often do we step away, step away from Gods presence, step away from a place of being focused on Him. We often do it. We watch Him at work from the windows of our lives. We acknowledge Him from a distance. We delight in His power from the safety of our walls, and we miss out on the effects of His power simply because we dont step into His presence. Sometimes we just need to step that we can fully experience His power and love, and be in His presence. Step out today, feel the wind!

Jeremiah 10:12-14 - But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.