When I was first moving to Cape Town I was warned by a friend: Cape Town is like a baby, always wet and windy. There is another city in South Africa referred to as the Windy City (Port Elizabeth) and having experienced the strong winds of Cape Town I will do my best to avoid the Windy City! This morning I really wanted to wear a skirt but having checked the weather knew it would be dangerous to venture outside in one – Marlin Monroe moments are common around these parts. People’s views about the wind are often divided – some people hate it so much they will avoid Cape Town at certain time of the year. On the other hand the wind stops us from feeling the hot temperatures and also cleans our streets – it is all a matter of perspective.
With the sound of wind rushing across my roof and threatening to break down my door I wondered last night what does the wind tell us.
1. The wind is strong and threatening but God is in control
Luke 8:23-24 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
2. The wind reminds us the importance of being rooted in God
James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
3. The wind reminds us that God is the creator
Amos 4:13 He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth– the LORD God Almighty is his name
So as I venture out today – hand on top of my head so I can stop my hair blinding me – I hear & feel the wind and know that God is powerful and He is my anchor in storms. The wind reminds me that He an awesome God. But as part of me worships truthfully another part of me is negotiating with God – please make the wind stop, I know you can, or at least turn it down a notch!