Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth” (Isaiah 58:14).
Those who fly through the air in airplanes tell us that one of the first rules they learn is to turn their plane toward the wind and fly against it. The wind lifts the plane up to higher heights. Where did they learn that? They learned it from the birds. If a bird is flying for pleasure, it goes with the wind. But if the bird meets danger, it turns right around and faces the wind, in order that it may rise higher; and it flies away towards the very sun.
Sufferings are God’s winds, His contrary winds, sometimes His strong winds. They are God’s hurricanes, but, they take human life and lift it to higher levels and toward God’s heavens.
You have seen in the summertime a day when the atmosphere was so oppressive that you could hardly breathe? But a cloud appeared on the western horizon and that cloud grew larger and threw out a rich blessing for the world. The storm rose, lightning flashed and thunder pealed. The storm covered the world, and the atmosphere was cleansed; new life was in the air, and the world was changed.
Human life is worked out according to exactly the same principle. When the storm breaks the atmosphere is changed, clarified, filled with new life; and a part of heaven is brought down to earth.
Obstacles ought to set us singing. The wind finds a voice, not when rushing across the open sea, but when hindered by the outstretched arms of the pine trees, or broken by the fine strings of an Aeolian harp. Then it has songs of power and beauty. Set your freed soul sweeping across the obstacles of life, through grim forests of pain, against even the tiny hindrances and frets that love uses, and it, too, will find its singing voice.
In the last few weeks, the hurricanes moved across the Islands with fury and trample everything in its path. What lessons can you learn from the passage of Irma and Maria? Look closely and there are many messages for us and signs that God is not well pleased with our behaviour. He is speaking, but are we listening to the still small voice. Remember the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof. God bless you richly.
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