Wind At My Back
Yesterday, we had a guest speaker at church who talked about the average person having a life that goes up and down. Trials and triumphs. Then he quipped, ‘when God promised to give believers life abundantly, He delivered. The highs are even higher…and the lows are even lower!’
I laughed because it is SO true. I have a friend who has compared life to a hamster wheel. In mock despair, she asked “what is the point?!”
Now you know the quick, “Jesus-y” answer I could give. We all KNOW the point of this life. But sometimes we still wonder about the “whys” of it all. God gave me a little illustration this morning.
As I navigated the track bright and early this morning, after two days of not walking, I found my legs rather stiff. After a couple times around my sphere of torture (okay, okay, I’m joking…kind of), I was loosened up and ready to really roll. I came around the corner of the track, heading south when it hit. A wind so heavy and persistent, it felt like I had a physical wall in front of me. I pushed the stroller with all my might against the wall of wind and seriously contemplated turning off at the exit!
After a few more laps, battling the wind while heading in one direction, I was hit with this revelation. My exercise routine this morning was a bit like life. I would be cruising along just fine and then I would turn the corner and be hit by the wind (insert your trial or circumstance here).
But one thing became clear to me as I continued walking. After pushing against the wind, when I turned the other corner, the wind was at my back. I was gently propelled forward and felt as though I was getting a rest in the midst of my walk. (Isn’t God kinda like that?)
My scenery hadn’t changed. The track was still a firm, solid ground. I had on shoes supporting my feet, my legs supporting my body. The wind was making my workout a little harder, true. But when it was all said and done, those moments walking against the wind were making me a little stronger.
Isn’t that what trials do for us? They help us to strengthen our spiritual muscles.
And God is so faithful. If we will only keep our eyes on Him, we find rest, we find Him as the wind at our back, propelling us forward. Carrying us.
Here’s the clincher. I hadn’t walked for two days. My body was a little weak, a little lazy. I was less equipped to hit that wall of wind.
I do that with my spiritual muscles too. I get spiritually lazy. I fall into patterns where I don’t read my Bible daily. I claim to know God’s Word and God’s will when I am not in His Word to know what His will is.
Doing life without reading His Word or following His truth is a lot like competing in a triatholon without training!
Sometimes life does seem a bit like running tirelessly on a hamster wheel. But that is not God’s plan for us. He has things for us to learn and help us grow in absolutely every stage or circumstance He allows. He gave us life. It is a privelege to run this race and we are wise to bear in mind the Helper we have to help us run well.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24
We are all here doing this thing called “life” together. As fellow believers we can be the “wind” at someone else’s back, propelling them forward.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
God indeed gives us life abundantly. We will have the highest of highs. But we will still experience lows. Lows that make us ask “why?” and cry out to Him. But that is just it. We can cry out to Him. He will NEVER let our “lows” or suffering be wasted. We can grow in these dark places in unparalelled ways. But we have to be willing to let Him mold us.
In my walk, I loved when I could feel the wind at my back, gently guiding me along. But it was when I faced the wind that I was strengthening myself the most. Pushing through, determined to finish my walk well.
How I wish to do the same in this Walk He blessed me with.