Wind That Keeps Getting Worse

April 28th 2010

Wind would be a good way to describe yesterday.  As a matter of fact it would be a good way to describe several days this past week here.  Spring is a time known for some very strong wind here, hence the nick name our town has “Windover”.  Very fitting this past week, as the days went on the wind continued to get worse.

For those of you who follow me on twitter I actual twittered on April 20th “driving across I-80 in the worst wind we ever have just saw the semi in front of us lean.”  Well that was a week ago, and we arrived home to find that the wind had actually ripped open the gate to our back yard.  Despite the gate being locked closed, the wind pushed and pulled on the fence hard enough that it managed to pull the pin out of the latch anyway.

That’s some strong wind!  Yet that is not the worst wind we got this week.  Yesterday we drove into Salt Lake as we always do on Tuesday, and we discover it was the day of the wind that kept getting worse!  As we were going there were places visibility was poor from the salt blowing across the highway so badly.  Yes salt-we drive across the salt flats on I-80 to get to Slat Lake.  It was akin to driving in a fog bank, only it was fog that pelted your car and attempted to move it sideways. At woman’s bible study last night we joked around about letting people in the door before they flew off the porch, because by then the wind had continued to get worse, not a good sign for our drive home!

Well, the drive home turned out to be similar to the one going, only because the wind kept getting worse, visibility was worse.  We got home and Mike discovered the gate had ripped open again.  From there the wind kept getting worse!  In the middle of night we were woken up by banging, and knew it was the gate again.  Mike also discovered the wind had ripped one of the doors off of our storage shed in the back!  Now this shed is solid wood, 4 feet tall, and heavy!  The doors are solid wood, and close to the inside of the shed.  This wind that kept getting worse did some pretty serious work on that shed to get that door off.

I woke up this morning thinking I was going to find all the flowers off my trees.  Yet they are still there!  In one of the worst winds we get here, the flowers stayed on the trees.  I’m impressed by those little trees.  Despite how much they were shaken they didn’t let the wind hamper their purpose, to grow flowers.  Makes me think, when we are in the worst winds we ever face does it stop us from our purpose, or are we solid enough to stand against the wind?  How solid we are depends on where we build our foundation, and how well we maintain the walls.  Our foundation must be on a solid rock, and our walls must be built in such a way as to withstand the wind.  Luke 6:48-49He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”  So we must build our house on the rock, Christ, and be in His word and obey it so as to build our walls strong.  This way when the wind that keeps getting worse comes we will stand against it because our foundation will hold us up, and the word of God will have prepared us.