The wind has been blowing here in my little corner of the world for days. The noise it makes has such power in it. Its force is beyond imaginable. It blew two doors off at the place where I work. No lie! Trees down that were old or frail. Fences down.
I live with a huge cemetery behind my house. It is cool, not freaky. You know, quiet neighbors for sure… But people decorate the grave sites with artificial flowers even during the winter months. Well, the wind has now blown nearly 100 of these fake bouquets into my tiny yard at the edge of the cemetery…my house is the wind block!
While I can get a little concerned by the sound and results of wind, it is just wind. Little Lovely, on the other hand, had a tornado near her college, and had to be sequestered in a hallway with dozens of smelly gym boys (and girls) for some time. Not pleasant. Downright scary.
For me. Just wind.
But I thought about wind as God sees it. A created thing that obeys Him:
Even the wind and the waves obey Him (Mark 4:41. Mt 8:27))
When Israel was disobeying God they were said to be “sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7), which we know, according to Solomon, was”meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:11).
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” (John 3:8) Jesus uses this phrase to tell Nicodemus what those “born of the Spirit” will be like. When I hear the wind blowing outside, I can imagine the power infused in the Spirit of God!
God uses His created winds as His messengers (Psalm 104:4).
Elijah was taken up to heaven by a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:1). That is a tornado by our standards!
Moses used God’s wind on several occasions: to bring the locusts (Ex 10:13) and to blow away the locusts (Ex 10:19); to push back the waters of the Red Sea (Ex 14:21) and to tumble them down upon the Egyptian army (Ex 15:10).
Oh, so many. But my favorite thing God says about the wind is in a conversation with Elijah. Elijah believed that he was the last prophet left of God’s. Every other one was thought dead. To reassure Elijah, God asked him to stand upon a mountain where he could see the Lord pass by. The first thing that happened was a wind so powerful that it “tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks.” (I Kings 19:11). Elijah did not see the Lord in this wind. Nor in a subsequent earthquake or fire. I must admit, this is where I would have wanted to see God? Maybe Elijah also thought that. But no. God never shows up in such power and might and scariness. He arrived in a gentle whisper that spoke to Elijah, assuring him that he was not alone. There were, indeed, 7000 who had not bowed to Baal.
How often do we miss God because He isn’t HUGE in His coming. I often think I would appreciate a God who acted bigger, louder, more in charge.
But really, I am glad to be loved by a God who comforted Elijah with a tiny whisper of assurance. I think I listen better to LOUD and obnoxious, but I am more impressed by a whisper.
So would I respond better if God sent a might wind to destroy a mountain and split rocks in front of me when I didn’t have the trust I should?On the many days when I idolize food and lift it above God, would a small whisper get my attention?? I want to think I would?? But I am more like Eve than I like to think – bent on disobedience due to pride.
Before I close I need to pass on some praise to Cronometer. I have been faithful at filling it out for two days now, and that act has been eye opening! I was eating one thing that I discovered is actually a two serving container, so double the ‘thought’ calories. YIKES. The kombucha I love is two servings? There is a ready- made bag of salad that I adore and eat often. When I scan the bar code into Cronometer, I find that it is SOOOOO high in fat that it is ridiculous! Sunflower seeds and dried cranberries and a dressing that is fatty. I am so glad that I buckled down with this!!
So for two days I have eaten less than 1800 calories (2200 permissible) and have practiced obedience. It is amazing what a difference it makes to go to bed feeling like I spent the day putting God first.
All glory to Him,