God’s Word for Today: Wind. As in the wind blew, the rain came, and everyone scattered like, well, leaves? That really wasn’t very poetic, but anything to do with wind is more like a short story than a poem. Wind has a lot of good attributes, and in some places, wind is accepted as a daily norm. Ever been to West Texas??
Today, I have shared a few photos to illustrate my little story. I don’t know whether to title it, “Lesson Learned”, “Never say never”, or “Well, at least I tried.” I will tell the story and you are welcome to share a title.
Exactly 3 weeks ago, later in the evening, we were hit by a gale force, straight line wind, out of the west. This beautiful shade tree in our front yard, which I secretly cuss every day when I am picking up the huge leaves it sheds the night before, did not handle the driving wall of wind from the west, very well. The first picture shows where the tree’s base split and allowed a good portion of the tree to lean up against the house. Thus, the second picture.
I had a choice the next day of how to address this leaning and weakened tree. Yes, I get frustrated with the daily routine of gathering and disposing of the leaves, but it is a beautiful tree that provides wonderful shade to the house on a hot afternoon. If you have ever been to a subtropical area, you will relate to the importance of shade. Anyway, my options were simple. Try to fix the tree, save what I could, and give it another chance. Or, (which more than one person advised) completely remove the tree and count it as a total loss.
Why I chose to try and save the tree is quite simple. That is who I am. I love and respect trees, and it tears me inside to see a perfectly good tree removed because someone has decided that a manmade object would be better in its place. Yes, some trees need removed due to disease, bug infestation, hazards and the like. But most, I always like to look at other options.
Thus, I cut almost half of the tree away. Everything that was making it heavy and lean to the east and on the house was removed. I was quite proud of my work. The tree was back to upright, the gap closed up at the base, and all was good. Every day after that, I would judge my work and contemplate if I could have left one more significant branch on the tree. Especially since it appeared to have over corrected just a little and was tending to lean a little hard to the west.
Well, last night answered my doubts and questions. Last night showed me that maybe I should have listened to my advisers. Last night another gale force wind slammed out of the west. Now, you can look at pictures 5 and 6. This is what happened. My precious shade trade leaning hard to the west was picked up by our not so friendly westerly wind and slammed back over against the house.
Needless to say, after completion of today’s writing, it will be the rest of the day’s task removing the remnants of this glorious tree. I am sad.
Job 30:15. Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind; my safety vanishes like a cloud.
How many of you have been cruising through life like this tree? Some events in your life have made you lean or bow one direction, but soon you are back upright again. Here and there, maybe a branch dies, you have it removed, and move on. You seem to be growing well. You even provide for others. You are doing better than ok. People appreciate you and your abilities. Life is good.
Then, something happens. One wind that you didn’t even see coming, blew your life over to one side like there was no tomorrow. This wind might have torn you by your roots and came close to destroying you. All the good is forgotten. Now, you just have to figure out how to survive. If it wasn’t for being able to lean on something or somebody, you would probably have just completely fallen over. You know life will never be the same. You are trying to just get by every day. It is a close line to cross whether you will survive or give up.
Then, you begin to start repairs. You choose distractions that help you get through the day. You find something positive that helps to start pulling you back upright. You realize the wind made you bend, but it didn’t quite break you. No, you will never be what you once were, you will always lean a little, but you will be OK. After a while, you get to where you are productive again. You begin to give back. Scarred yes, going down, no.
The heavy part of this reference is the fact that you will never forget the wind that knocked you over. You will carry the scars and the pain with you the rest of your life. You will always have a little compartment of fear of that wind. Some people say it will make you stronger. I prefer to believe it simply makes you older. You know what I mean.
Today, acknowledge what strong wind in your life seemed to knock you right out of your shoes. Maybe it wasn’t just one strong wind, maybe it was many, many winds that have continually beat on you. Whatever it was that made you lean a little, call it out for what it is. Then today, because you have read this far, it means you have roots in your soul that go way deeper than anyone can see, take these words with you; John 3:8. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” You have God in your roots and through your core. You will be more than OK. You will be someone else’s shade from the heat of their day………
Prayer: My dear Lord, creator of all things. Why the wind? Why have I taken such a heavy blow? I just wanted to stay upright for like, ever. I don’t understand these different winds in my life that keep trying to knock me down. But God, even with all these questions, I know that you my Lord, are the only answer. You are my strength from my roots up. I know that you and I together God, can face any wind from any direction. Thank you Lord, thank you. In Jesus’, who answers my wind for me, name I pray. Amen.