Wind. Such a simple yet powerful thing that we interact with daily. I remember the first time my daughter Abbey faced wind. She was 3 and a half months old and we were visiting Niagara Falls in Canada. Our family had made a trip down to see the falls, as we were headed back up to our hotel up a very large hill, Abbey decided she didn't like her stroller. As we took turns carrying her back, large windgusts met us up the hill. Each time it came our way her little face would scrunch up and she looked at me as if to say, "Why are you blowing in my face?" Abbey loves hearing and laughing at that story.
In college people used to say that wind moving was a way that people could feel the Holy Spirit. That in powerful services inside there would be gusts of wind blowing outside. Almost as if God was blowing on His people to remind them He was with them.
Some people, myself included, have even compared the wind to God Himself. As DC Talk put it, you can't see the wind but you can see the effects of the wind. God is similar, we may not be able to see Him, but we can see what He's doing in and around us.
Wind can be comforting, it can provide a way for us to be closer with God, it can even provide humorus memories and stories. But with Hurricane Sandy at our doorstep a lot of us are thinking about the other side of wind; how fast is it blowing, which direction is it coming, will it knock out a tree or the power? All of a sudden something that was once funny, comforting, even drawing us closer to God becomes scary and threatening.
My daughter Abbey, now 5, felt that tonight. As she was going to sleep all she could hear was the scary side of the wind. During bed time I tried to reason with her about how she was safe and what wind was, and how she wasn't really alone. But none of that mattered, she wanted one of her parents to be right beside her, to protect her just incase that very scary wind came through the wall.
Sounds irrational right? But don't we all face that at one point or another. At some point something is going to scare us and we have to face it. And just as my daughter reminded me tonight, sometimes we need our Daddy to face it with us. And you know what? When we ask God to face that something with us, He not only does that but He helps us through it.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-dicipline" 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT).
Whatever you are facing tonight, whatever is causing you to be afraid, whether it be the wind outside or something more, remember this lesson. The same thing that is causing you to be afraid now, may cause you to laugh later, or it may even get you closer to God. But whatever it is, you don't have to face it alone, God will be right by your side, if you let Him. And He alone can replace that fear and turn it into something good.