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When the winds of change come, do you turn and walk the other direction, or do you lean into the wind, embracing it, anxious to see where it might take you?
his was my Facebook status tonight, just as I am getting this post written and heading off to bed. I was reading through my journal tonight and I was stuck on a particular word the Lord spoke to me back in April of this year. I had been sitting in the Prayer Room, and listening to a song that made reference to letting the wind blow, about not being afraid, and facing the wind. (Misty Edwards, Fling Wide
). This is what God spoke to me:
I am bringing the winds of change. You have two choices. You can allow yourself to be caught up in fear and doubt and allow yourself to become immobilized, unable to move, OR you can embrace the winds of change. Will you choose to trust that I will guide your course?
There are a few “winds of change” that I am facing right now in my life. My desire is to lean into the wind, to fully embrace it, trusting that God will carry me through. However, sometimes in my human state and in my weakness, I want to turn, and run in the opposite direction of the wind. But when I choose to run away, it is no longer the wind of the Spirit of God that carries me. But it is my flesh that carries me.
I won’t be afraid
I will face the wind
I won’t be afraid
I’ll embrace the flame
When the winds come, at times they come with such force and strength that it catches me off guard. In those moments, will I choose to trust, facing the wind and embracing the flame? God does not promise that it will not be painful at times, these winds of change. But He does promise that if we will lean into it, surrender to it, He will bring us through, unscaved and much stronger.
The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)
Are you facing the winds of change in your life? Trust the Lord. Lean into the wind and hear what the Spirit of God is saying to you in this season. Then, embrace it and allow the wind of the Spirit to carry you to your next destination.