TITLE: Tossed in The Wind 8-9-2013
By Debra Burchett
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Tossed In The Wind
James 1: 2-4 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I always find it amazing how God uses the simple things in our lives to point out the reasons for lessons that teach us about himself, and our relationship to Him.
I receive one such lesson as I was walking with my Grand daughter to the park one day. A large truck passed us. After which we were caught in the swirling tail wind left behind by it. Our clothes flapped in the breeze. Our hair was blowing and leaves and dirt was raised and blown around us before the air began to settle back down, to the quiet state things were in before the truck went by.
My Grand Daughter said with a smile as she smoothed her clothes back in place, “ sure glad that was a small blow, I wasn’t ready.”
Sometimes trials come into our lives much like that wind, unexpectedly. We aren’t always ready for what we will face or what changes come with it. The Bible teaches us that these times make us stronger. They prepare us, possibly for even rougher times.
That’s right! There could be rougher times. No one said being a child of God would let us skate through life unharmed or not even bruised a bit.
Most hard times in our lives are like that tailwind from the truck. We get caught up in them unexpectedly and our life becomes a swirl of emotions, questions, problems and needs. Sometimes the windstorms last longer than we think we can endure.
At first we try to handle everything ourselves, without God’s help. That usually doesn't go well. Then when we do talk to God about the situation, it is often with anger shouting “ why me God” in stead of “ God help me” or Show me your will.”
Its not until we start saying, “ God help me,” I can’t do this alone, “ that the wind starts to change. Often in ways we might never expect.
If the wind is blowing in your life right now, Seek God. Let him show you how strong you can be together.
My prayer for you this day is that you will seek God to calm the wind in your life and show you the right path to follow.
There are always ways out, good or bad. However, it is always your choice which path to follow. Let God blow away the darkness for you. Just ask Him. He is always listening for your voice.
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