The winds of change

We never know what a day may hold, life is like looking into a kaleidoscope watching the changing shapes and colors. I had one, as a little girl, and loved to turn it slowly and watch the little pieces fall into the different patterns. Looking at clouds is another time that shapes you are looking at change as you are looking at them, this is because the wind is blowing way up where you can’t see it except in the changing shapes of the clouds. We start our life’s journey as an infant our only shaping force so far is heredity. We are influenced by how we are treated, the things we see and hear and sometimes our impression of events are more real than the actual event. We get to a place in life where everything seems settled and then the wind of change happens in our life, our shape becomes something we don’t recognize, and we don’t know how to deal with this new shape we are given. We adjust, the wind continues to blow and we see something different. There are times we bring about the change because we become unhappy with our present situation, so we blow along with the wind like a balloon bouncing along in a current of ever changing wind. I have watched people through the years, that have faced adversity and came out shining like a diamond, changed but better for it. Others have crumbled under situations less arduous. Strength in the midst of a storm is something I greatly admire, a person who can “take a licking and keep on ticking”. All of us are in crisis situations of one kind or another. Some are facing financial ruin, others relationship troubles and family problems. What can make us all better, whole, healed and able to face tomorrow? Jesus fed thousands with five loaves and two fishes, He turned water into wine, the Children of Israel were fed manna, given water from a rock, shade by day and fire by night. Philippians 4:11-13 I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Verse 19-20

A hymn by Charles A. Tindley says it for me: When the storms of life are raging, stand by me, when the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, Thou Who rulest wind and water, stand by me. Whatever is wrong, anchor yourself to the Rock and sing with joy to Him in thankfulness for saving you out of your troubles. Hebrews 13:8 There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.

You can’t change the direction of the wind but you can let Jesus adjust your sails to get you through the storms of this life!

 

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