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Today You Are Here: Wind

The wind woke us up last night. Howling and beating against the house, making the tall trees quiver and groan. Nearly all the branches are bare this morning. There is a carpet of leaves half a foot deep, swirling up in circles with every gust. I put my hair in a pony tail today. No way do I want to deal with the tangles and mess wind-blown hair causes. I bend my face low and push through the current, shoulder first, across the parking lot. My afternoon run is truncated and I stay in for the evening, candle lit and door secured against the blustery chill that’s blowing in.

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I was told when we moved here that the wind could be intense. I’ve always claimed to love every single weather condition with one exception. Wind. There is nothing pleasant about it. It is uncomfortable and gets in the way. It encumbers simple, every day tasks like wearing a skirt and having a good hair day and driving on the highway, and leaves no beauty in its wake. It is a rude interruption to otherwise lovely days. I sat on a creek bank on the first windy day we had after moving here. Clothes rumpled and hair disheveled I prayed that I would learn to love the wind.

I prayed yesterday that I would be aware of of God’s presence. And all day the wind whipped through the air and turned up the world around me. Leaves strewn across the road, trees wobbling, branches scratching at the window. I’m here, it wailed. Be alert.

I’m so wrapped up in trying to encounter God’s presence that sometimes I miss its evidence right in front of my face, pulling at my arms, swooshing through my hair.

Suddenly there was a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were seated…they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. -Acts 2:2 (Philips)

My prayers have been for the nearness of God. His blessings, the sweetness of his grace, his smoothing of my path, his comfort for our souls. I know how I want him to show up. I know I want to see him manifested in answered requests and things going my way.

He comes like the wind. Turning up our carefully laid plans, messing up our days, beating at our door. Uncomfortable, disruptive, beyond our understanding.

I want to encounter him more than I want to keep my hair nice. I want to know him more than I want to remain put together and unbothered. I want him close more than I want my day to go smoothly. I run forward into the wind, pushing hard, gasping in as my breath is knocked away. The presence of God is near. Its mighty gales will blow down our strategic walls and sweep into our carefully maintained lives. It may not be the pleasant stroll we were hoping for, but it will breathe a new life into our souls as it enlivens our stale spirits.

{This is a part of my Today You Are Here series. Join me over here for the 31 days of October as we practice being present together. Or enter your email address below to have updates sent directly to your inbox!}

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3 Comments

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    lastking photos
    October 18, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Nice nice

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    knbatn
    October 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I call these hugs from God. He gives them to you when you need them the most. At least for me that is how it works. Thank you so much for your honest, uplifting, and Christian posts. They are the highlight of my day. You know just how to express what I am feeling and it is good to know that I am not alone.

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      greeroharah
      October 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thank you so much for your kind encouragement. Hugs from God – such a perfect way of saying this!

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