Hi! Verick here…I was out running today and the Kansas City winds were in full effect. Running with the wind, I was flying. Against it, I was dying. Literally a 25 mph sustained wind was coming against me for half of each lap that I was running.
As I was making my laps and getting beaten down by the blowing wind half the time, the Bob Segar song came to mind. It was easy running with the wind, there was no resistance at all, but man on the other side of the track there was nothing but resistance. It was as if I was in a wind tunnel or something. It affected my time and made me more tired.
Seems to be how life is. Especially the Christian life. There are times when it feels like the whole world is stacked against us and we are literally fighting the wind itself. I couldn’t help but think of the families affected by the devastation in Moore, OK recently. It was so sad, the loss of life. It was senseless, seemingly no reason for what happened, and this side of heaven we will never really know, but one thing that I do know is that when the winds of devastation blow, we have an advocate. We have the Lord to put our pieces back together.
“And the years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home
And I guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was living to run and running to live.”
When we went through what we did, we felt so alone. There were times we had nothing but God and each other. Maybe you are there today, it’s a scary place. There were times that I felt “lost” from God completely. I wasn’t though. He was right there by my side the whole time. I learned something through it all though. After God healed Crystal, I was nervous about the next thing that we would face. In many ways it is why I was afraid for her to have another baby. I sure am glad we listened to the Lord though, as there is a beautiful curly top, blue eyed little girl who is a bright spot in all of our lives every day. Funny thing that wind, it blows in our face, dries out our skin, makes us more tired, brings dirt and grit with it, but it also conditions and strengthens us to be able to be stronger the next time the wind blows. For us, that was when our oldest son became ill and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroid disease. Not long after, our other son was diagnosed with a serious peanut allergy to go along with his already severe asthma. We set to finding out how to help them and we didn’t leave room for excuses. A radical life change needed to take place and it was time to clean out the pantry and clean up our diets. The peanut allergy served the orders and we started our venture into a more healthy, back to basics lifestyle. That picture above? I am really proud of it! That is my son and I after coming home from his first 5K. Pretty amazing, huh? I know it was just a fun run, but it was a HUGE accomplishment for my son, who has spent his whole life running against the wind due to asthma, allergies, and other issues. It is the main reason why my wife started sharing our back to the basics lifestyle with others.
I had to cut my run short at 4.2 miles as something for work came up, and to tell you the truth, I was glad. It was hot, and the wind was hammering me. I do know this, tomorrow when I run I will be just a little stronger for running and facing the wind. I hope you will choose to face it too.
Here we are just a few months after that Moore, OK devastation when I first wrote Against the Wind, and it seems that the news coming from there is replete with overcomers, like the local high school football team, which had 20 players who lost their homes, but trained hard, took to the field, and rose to victory. They are great examples of those who are running against the wind. http://www.thv11.com/news/article/278705/288/Moore-Okla-football-team-takes-the-field-for-first-time-after-tornado