Remember when we were kids or maybe the last time you did this with your children or grandchildren, those moments when we held a string in our hand and high above us soared our kite and we ran with the wind whipping in our face? Imagine an eagle soaring in flight riding with the wind and acting as if it were a 747 in flight.
The wind can propel us, hold us back, or tear down what we have built because it is just the wind and it is. The only thing we can do is run with it, get out of it and run to shelter, or build something strong enough to withstand it. Bottom line, it is much easier to run with it than run against it, even though the truth is we will never totally know which way it is blowing.
Confused? Please let me clear it up in spiritual terms. God made the wind (Gen 8:1), Solomon said we often chase after the wind in futility. (Ecc 1:14) Life always throws strong winds in our face. (John 6:18) Jesus is the only one who could can calm the wind, and it obeyed him. (Mark 4:41) So we could ascertain from all of this that what I said, that we never know which way it is blowing, but we do know who can control it, and it's definitely not us.
The conclusion, we need to run with the wind to stay in step with the one controlling the wind. Listen to the words of John 3:8......
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it came from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the spirit".
Like the day we ran with that kite, running with the Lord every day takes us in directions we cannot ever imagine or plan for. Don't let it surprise you if he changes your "To Do" list, and if he does and you run with it, you'll be running to him. And if we resist, well I think you know the results as we have experienced that many times, because once we give our lives to him, we become his proverbial kite to fly.
And, we cannot fly if we are grounded against the wind!
Running With The Wind, Glenn
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.