Lessons from the Wind

Here are three lessons we can learn from the wind.


1. Powerful

Wind seems harmless but it can be so strong it destroys a city when it picks up speed and debris. Strong wind can cause a sturdy tree to fall, a house to come up from its foundation, and water to separate. In the Bible, God used wind to stop the water and speed up the drying process after the flood. "And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided." (Genesis 8:1b). Wind moves things such as boats on water and bugs in the air. "So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind on the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts." (Exodus 10:13). "Now a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp" (Numbers 11:31a).


Wind shows us the power that is unseen. It is an example of our Creator, God Almighty, who is all-powerful and at this moment is unseen. We can see His works and existence but we cannot see Him physically at this time. One day, however, we will see Him physically and bow in awe of His powerful presence and glory.


2. Uncertain

Wind can be uncertain. It can look like a beautiful calm day and then out of nowhere a gust of wind picks up and the ocean or lake becomes unsteady. Because we cannot see wind, we cannot accurately predict its presence or power. With God, however, we can have certainty and assurance that what He has said is true. His plan is uncertain to our minds as we don't know what tomorrow will bring, but we can rest assured that whatever happens, God is with us and will take care of us even in the thorns of life, we can rest in His wisdom and love knowing that our weakness displays God's strength.


3. Invisible

Wind is invisible. The only time we "see" wind is when it gathers together with clouds or debris. We do see the effects of wind, we know there is a breeze outside because the trees and grass sway. We know the wind exists because the water moves in waves, the birds glide in the sky, and the clouds move past. While God is currently invisible to our eyes, we see His presence and existence through the goodness in this world, blessings we see or experience, history, and creation. The flowers show the delicate attention of God, the animals show us our Caretaker, the trees and mountains show us the might of the Almighty. There is evidence of God all around us if we only take a moment to open our eyes and see, open our ears and listen to the peaceful ocean sounds, a baby's first cry, the voice saying "I love you" "I forgive you", and open our hearts to receive Him.


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