Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gentle Breeze or Hurricane Force?

I was taking a break this afternoon, just floating in the pool and was grateful for the gentle breeze that was calmly moving me and touching my cheek.  It was then that I thought about wind.  Wind is one of those elements that is hard to explain, and I have always marveled at it.  It seems to move indiscriminantly.  without care or concern.  Suddenly, it will change direction and leave you from enjoying a breeze to being overwhelmed with heat. 

As a sailor (another time we'll talk about learning to sail) I remember being often exasperated by the lack or overabundance of wind.  So, why this obsession with wind?  You can't see it, taste it, catch it or change it.  You can redirect it or move it faster or slower with a fan or a screen, but you will not stop it even with a concrete wall if it is hurricane force or tornadic in nature. 

Are we as people similar to wind in our minds?  Do our thoughts run these same courses as the wind?  Hmmm.  The rustling of the leaves and the gentle ringing of the chimes seem to be calm thoughts.  The severe hurricanes and tornadoes seem to be our anger and irate behavior.  Wow.  Yes, I think I can make that leap. 

Have you ever found that listening to a calm ocean, a gentle brook or a rustling of leaves by a slow and steady breeze actually calms your thoughts?  Well, I do know this - God created the heavens and the earth, all that is above and beneath what we see and hear.  God is the source of all things, so why wouldn't we be moved by that which is connected to us?  I don't pretend to understand it all, just to be amazed and grateful. 

“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

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