On particularly windy days my dog goes back and forth from the front door to the back door; she barks and barks, unable to figure out how to properly defend the house for whatever might come through the door.
I have often found myself doing much the same as my dog. I bark in fear and frustration at the unknown. I may feel helpless that my child is overly stressed, upset when an unexpected bill comes (usually right after I have balanced the checkbook), or obsessed over a health concern.
In these times of howling winds, I would like to tell you that I revert to inspiring ways of thinking and doing. However, in truth, I often eat unhealthily, sleep poorly and live like a busybody in my ramped up, worrisome state. If I looked at my life from the outside during these times, I would realize I was just as disruptive as my dog who runs from door to door; like her, I am engaging without efficiency.
My experiences and awareness of the precarious nature of this world afford me an immediate reaction when I sense the wind kicking up. I brace myself for something unwelcome to crash through the door. Maybe it comes through the front door where I might be somewhat prepared; or perhaps, the back door where I am blindsided by an unexpected turn of events that will change my life forever.
What we often forget is that our world is forever changed with each passing moment. Let that soak in. In every moment we pass through, time changes forever. How we choose to live from moment-to-moment in periods of rest and peace often determines how we will live from moment-to-moment when the wind bangs upon our door.
The bible says, “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies” (2 Thessalonians 3:11).
We need to put ourselves in check and see if our thoughts and actions keep us tethered to disruption or productivity. Are we consumed with thoughts of concern more than thoughts of surrendering to God? Do we feel frustrated and defeated? Are we sluggish in our faith; busybodies running to quick judgments?
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2).
If we are not allowing the One who created heaven and earth to help us, how are we relaxing our thoughts, and to whom or what are we getting our help?
Emotions are fickle friends, and they are best friends with our imaginations. Both hand-in-hand, they can become the very wind on the other side of our doors.
Only God can see the outcome. Only God has the final say. We bark because we feel helpless. We fear that our best efforts will not be able to tame the wind. And we are correct. Better to submit to the One who created the wind than to try to harness it ourselves.
“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).
Are you being faithful to One who can cease the wind in His timing and His ways, or are you finding yourself distracted by the wind? Ask yourself this question, my friend. Are you willing to still your emotions and imagination by resting in the Word of God and surrendering to His outcome whatever may it be?
”‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done,’” Jesus said (Luke 22:42).
SGLY, dear reader.
(Smile, God Loves You.)
Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier, Instagram: @tiffanysgly, and Twitter: @tiffanychartier.