The Good Wind

Do you ever get so caught up in your own troubles and worries that it’s like you can’t see more than five inches in front of your face? You’re huffing and puffing your way from one task or meeting or errand to the next, doing all you can to keep your head above the proverbial water, knowing that if you stop for even a second everything could fall apart, or worse, you could fall apart?

And then, the wind.

A gentle breeze caresses your face. A soft wind swirls around you, tossing your hair, and reminding you that you’re not alone.

For me, I’ve always felt God in the wind. So many times in the midst of my hustle and bustle, He stops me dead in my hectic tracks with a light gust. The air blowing around me, tousling my hair and refreshing my senses, feels as if someone who loves me deeply is giving me reassurance that everything will be alright. And He tells me to breathe.

Breathe in… breathe out… Remember that there’s more to life than what is causing my tunnel vision. And that in the midst of my struggles or worries or doubts or fears, I am never alone.

If you know me, you know that I love languages. I wish I could learn every language and every cultural nuance behind every poetic word, every colloquial phrase, and every sentence that gets lost in some level of translation. But in particular, I love the biblical languages, because the Bible is such an important book for humanity and there is so much that our English translations fail to convey.

For example, the Hebrew word used in Scripture translated to English as “Spirit,” רוּחַ (ruach), and the Greek word used in Scripture translated to English as “Spirit,” πνεῦμα (pnuema), can both also be translated as “wind” or “breath.”

To me, this is so telling. The Holy Spirit of God reminds me through the wind to stop and take a breath. This reveals the personal, loving, amicable, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God, my Creator, who sees me and knows me and cares enough to show me He is with me in a way that resonates not only with who He made me to be but also with His divine Word. Wow!

So if you’re in the midst of a struggle, or two or three, and you feel overwhelmed, trapped, exhausted, scared, burnt out, worried, or run down, step outside for a minute. Tell the Father exactly what it is that you’re feeling. Confess your struggles, doubts, and fears to Him. Ask Him to be near you, ask Him to help you feel His presence around you. And whether it happens then or later, whenever you feel the wind blow around you, know that He is always there, that He is listening, that He loves you, that your struggles will pass, and that you are never alone.

The God who gave you the breath in your lungs, who makes the breeze blow, and who fills His children with His Holy Spirit to guide them and teach them, He hasn’t deserted you. He knows you and He knows what you’re dealing with. Talk to Him about it. Give it over to Him. And let Him be near you.

When you feel the wind, just breathe.

He who forms the mountain, who creates the wind, and who reveals His thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the LORD God Almighty is His name.
— Amos 4:13, NIV
[The LORD] makes the clouds His chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.
— Psalm 104:3b-4