Yesterday friend-Ann posted: ‘Windy wanders. Love how some days the sea brings calm and peace and other days it just speaks of raw power. Today was one of those wild and wonderful days, literally blown away by the power of the elements!’
Cycling into Lowestoft… along the sea front was windy! Weather forecasts described the damage caused by storms Malik and Carrie…
Musing… our responses to life’s winds…
Enduring the wind – The wind is outside our control. Bob Dylan wrote:
May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
It’s Jesus’ picture of the strong house built on the rock. The winds will inevitably come. We must be strong and positive.
Engaging with the wind – Sometimes the wind is a force of evil.
C.S. Lewis: Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. …you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down… That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.
We choose – actively engaging with and opposing the wind… or lying down.
Enjoying the wind – Sometimes the wind is a force of good.
An old Chinese proverb: ‘When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.’
Christian friends will think of the wind as a picture of God’s Spirit… Jesus’ words in John 3… the Holy Spirit coming in Acts 2… I can build walls of resistance or create my windmill to embrace, utilise, enjoy the wind.
Musing… the wisdom to distinguish winds… change… troubles of life… forces for good or bad… And my response – endurance, engagement, enjoyment…