A Young Person’s Song

            The weather forecast called for thunderstorms.  Early that morning there was a brilliant display of oranges and purples in the sky.  My wife called from downtown on her way to work to say she was seeing a double rainbow in the West.  I hoped the rare sky scenery was the most impressive thing we’d experience that day.  We needed the rain, but who needs severe storms?

            On a Christian radio station a few days before that stormy day I heard a song from the mid 1980’s by the Imperials, called “let the Wind Blow.”  The haunting melody sticks in my head.  The singer boldly claims to be ready for the storms on the horizon.  Part of the refrain says, “let the wind blow, blow as hard as it can./Let the wind blow./On Christ the Solid Rock of God I stand./Oh, let the wind blow.”  Of course, it’s good to have confidence in our great Lord, but it’s the foolish bravado of a young man or woman to virtually challenge life’s storms to come.

            I can give a very literal example.  It was mid September 1991.  The evening before I was scheduled for surgery, my family and I were at a park preparing to have a picnic.  A storm was coming in, and I was exuberant.  We hadn’t finished our meal when heavy rain blew through the shelter house soaking us.  That storm foreshadowed things to come.  There were complications from the surgery, and more big changes followed.

            Recently I heard a preacher say, “God doesn’t work in the normal.”  Sure, we may be aware of God’s workings most evident in life’s big events, but he forgot what God showed Elijah.  Paul frequently wished peace for his readers, knowing life’s challenges.

*  Matt. 7:24-27—“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

*  1 Kings 19:9-14—“And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts….”

*  Phil. 4:6-7—“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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