Friday blew into existence on a mighty wind. I probably should have stayed home, but my back was telling me I needed to walk. I waited for the rain to end, but that wind stood me straight up and I got more exercise than I intended.
As I got to the end of the farm’s road and turned around, I noticed the horses grazing on the hill just as the mightiest gust of wind threatened to blow us all away. It startled the horses and they galloped at full speed down the hill to the pond. They surrounded the pond because they knew that was the one place in the pasture where they were shielded from the wind. It was instinctive for them. I watched them as I continued walking, trying to keep my eyes open in the strong wind. As the wind swirled all around, they remained peaceful and as the oldest horse slowly began to drink from the pond, they all drank.
When life’s winds startle you, what do you do? Do you brace yourself, stand tall and use your own strength to push back? Do you crawl into your shell and quiver in fear? Maybe you just pretend everything’s okay and try to act like there is no wind. I’ve done all of these, but I’ve learned I just get worn out, become more fearful and grow weary of pretending. Staying connected to God through His word and prayer is the best insurance when heavy winds blow. When God’s word becomes so familiar that pieces of it come to mind at just the right time, our soul remains calm. We can instinctively know from experience that,
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. –Psalm 46:1-3, NIV
There are times when we need back-up from others grazing on the same Word. When we come out of our shell, shake our pride and voice our fears, we obtain a mighty army of prayer warriors who gladly stand in the gap for us. They hold us up in prayer when we are too broken to even know the words to pray. The Spirit works through them to offer the tangible comfort we need. Occasionally, we all need a wind-blown leader who will show us how to drink peacefully from the sheltered pond. Other times, we need to be that leader. That’s just how God’s family works because,
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. –Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT
Today, do you need to find shelter or be the shelter? Either way, drink from God’s word and find strength.
Thanks for reading!