Staring out my window, I see the stalk of a weed blowing in the wind. Just a few inches away is another…yet it stands steady, only a slight quiver. You’d be surprised what you notice sitting on the interstate during the greatest traffic jam ever.
So, back to the grass…or weeds. I watched the one weed get buffeted about each time a car flew by (they were headed the opposite way…no slow-downs there). The other still barely registering any type of breeze at all. Why? Glad you asked. The stationary one grew next to the barrier, in fact, it was just past a seam in the barriers that protected it from two sides. The one taking the impact from the wind was only a few inches further away from the concrete…but it was apparently far enough.
While watching an idea bubbled up…the scene in front of me was a decent analogy of life. Those who don’t know God, or chose to live away from Him…get blown around, violently. Those who stay in God’s shelter are protected.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2 ESV)
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7 ESV)
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 ESV)
The lesson wasn’t complete though. A tractor-trailer sped by – both weeds shook, bounced and whipped around. The unprotected one looked a little worse for wear…however the one next to the barrier swayed almost as long as the other.
A thought occurred to me…don’t know if it’s botanically sound…but I wonder if some stress strengthens the plant. Not sure if that’s true, but I know it’s true for us spiritually. God allows some “wind” into our lives…to help us grow, to strengthen us, to use for our good…and His glory.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 ESV)
As we abide in Him…He gives us shelter…but He also shapes us. During it all, we have confidence that we are not alone…even when we’re blowing in the wind.