by Gary Seals
A friend recently wrote about her travels through a particularly windy part of the country and something she said really struck a chord with me:
“Driving the whole length of the State last Tuesday or Wednesday – in that wind – I was struck by how beautiful the wheat fields moved under the influence of that power. The wind made the grasses move like ocean waves and currents. It ebbed and flowed and was alive with movement. I was fascinated, and watched the fields for hours and hours as the patterns were constantly changing. It wouldn’t have been the same with a slight breeze. But wow – with that strong wind – it was just amazing! I couldn’t SEE the wind, but I could sure see the effects of it!”
The Spirit of God is like that — His influence is most obvious when He is moving in a powerful way. As people of the Spirit, Pentecostals have seen the powerful movement of the Holy Spirit across an audience like the wind over a wheat field, bringing conviction to hearts as well as exaltation to God. Although we cannot see the Spirit Himself, we can see, hear, and feel His presence. Other times He comes as a gentle breeze, bringing times of refreshing from the Lord.
But the wind analogy is also true concerning the winds of adversity. The slight breeze of God’s testing may not be that noticeable but — Wow! — When the strong winds of adversity are sweeping across our lives, we can certainly see and feel the effects! It was like that with Job who was guilty of nothing but being faithful to God, yet he suffered the loss of everything as those winds tore his life apart. Still, he stands as a shining example of what true faith is when faced with overwhelming circumstances.
Thankfully, the story of Job doesn’t end with severe testing!
“So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning …” (Job 42:12).
God abundantly rewarded his servant for his faithfulness. We also have the words of Paul in Galatians 6:9 that go hand in hand with this — “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
So hold on, friends, especially when the winds are blowing hard. It is during these times that we discover just how deep our roots in God really go! I am reminded of an old song titled “The Harder the Winds Blow” by Michael James Murphy. The song’s lyrics are very encouraging. I will post them later on as follow up to this blog. May God bless you, especially if those winds are blowing in your life right now!
Gary Seals works at Global University in Hardware Support and Information Systems. You can learn more about Global University, by visiting globaluniversity.edu