Monday, May 10, 2010

Wind Blown

As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God, the maker of all things.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NIV)

It’s a strong word, but I hate wind. It makes me feel completely out of sorts. The fact that it blows every which way and I never know its direction or what it may cough up takes me to an “out of control” place. And that’s not a place I like! Knowing where I am going and what I am doing is where I like to be.

No wonder I cannot understand the work of God! And because of my reluctance to lean into the unknowingness of God’s nature I miss seeing, experiencing the wonder of how He moves, how He creates, how He lays out a path. My need to “control” too often overpowers my desire to run wherever the Wind may take me.

When I think of God’s work in terms of the wind or an unborn child it does give me a different perspective when challenges step in my way. Years ago I heard a speaker say, “Why” questions just aren’t helpful when it comes to God. But, not knowing isn’t a comfortable place to be! And yet, it is to that place of “unknowing” that God seems to bring me in order for me to trust Him—because I have no other choice.

As much as I don’t like the wind I do remember as a little girl, relaxing, with arms outstretched, allowing the wind to push and move me along. Feeling the power and yet never knowing where I was being blown was fun as a child. Claiming that sensation now, as a follower of Jesus, is what will make a difference.

Relaxing, with arms outstretched to God is a position of trust—allowing His Wind to blow me down a path that is unknown and yet knowing that wherever I stop is exactly where God wants me. In the end, that is the place I want to be.
Jesus, I long to be relaxed
With arms outstretched; leaning into Your Wind
That will move me to where You desire.

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