True confession right here. I hate wind. I just do.
I have lived most of my life in the Midwest, trying to work with it. I fix my hair and it gets all undone, landing like a mop on my face. If I wear a skirt or dress, I am desperately grabbing it to prevent the whole Marilyn Monroe repeat.
My grandmother lived in dusty, windy western Kansas all of her life and escaped to her typewriter for consolation, creating imaginary worlds with her gift of words. She hated the wind too but worked at being a cheerful, positive person anyway.
I guess that is not a bad thing. Adversity can make us bitter or better. We can shake our fists and curse the darkness so to speak, or light a candle.
If we can’t change it, we can fight it or embrace it, work with it, or tolerate it. But unless we can escape it, there are no other options.
It isn’t just wind that wears on me. I don’t like conflict, I don’t like trials, I don’t like to be uncomfortable.
I want life easy-breezy, go-with-the-flow-let-the-daisies-grow.
The problem is that this is not the reality of life. Maybe at times and for seasons, but the ebb and flow gives us both. As I tell my kids, “you will have times of great joy and blessing and times of hardship and sorrow, you will get an equal measure in this life.”
Sometimes we bring the trouble on ourselves, but often it is just the result of living in this fallen and imperfect world.
After all, the drunk driver caused the wreck but the other car got hit as well.
Jesus himself has said, “in this world you will have tribulation.” He also tells us to not worry about tomorrow for “sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
While we love to claim the passages that speak of victory and blessings, we tend to shy away from those that tell us life will be hard and we will struggle.
I don’t know about you, but if we are “standing on the promises”, I am falling flat on those ones.
What if we choose the option to work with adversity and trials?
Maybe, instead of hating, dreading or living in denial, we could lean in, be honest with how we feel, and make lemonade out of the lemons?
Hating the wind doesn’t make the wind disappear. Good night, in the Midwest I would be full of hate for about 90% of the year!
Denial does nothing either. Pretending the wind isn’t blowing is much like the woman who told me one time as she was hacking and spewing with sickness, “I am not sick, I refuse to accept or speak the word that I am sick.”
Well, the emperor thought he was fully dressed until someone spoke the obvious!
What if we truly believe in the goodness and sovereignty of a God who says He loves us?
What if we take Him at His word?
What does His word really say?
“I have told you these things so that in me you might have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
“I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 33:3
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19
These are just a few of hundreds of passages that talk about a good, loving God who we can trust. He is a God of compassion, salvation, refuge, strength, mercy, grace, goodness, hope, provision, etc. The list goes on.
God is the definition of love according to 1 John 4:8. If that is so, then can we trust Him?
God can work ALL (emphasis mine!) things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. Romans 8:28.
Did you get the ALL part of that? That means the wind, the storms of life, the disappointments,losses, fears, trials….the EVERYTHINGS in life!
We can work with it because we have a God who can work it all out.
I have learned that when you are in the wind, it is no good to fight against it. You embrace it! You plan what you will wear accordingly. You ponytail your hair and you never buy lightweight lawn furniture!
You don’t have to pretend you like the wind, you just have to respect that it is a part of life.
So it is with the trials of life.
You can embrace them because you have a God who embraces you!