Winds can be fearsome and awe-inspiring. Even today, with all our advances in science and technology, we are still at the mercy of powerful winds like hurricanes and tornadoes.

The prophet Jeremiah declares the weather as signs of God’s power over nature: “When His voice resounds with the great mass of water in the heavens, and He raises the vapors from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, and He brings forth the wind from his storehouse.” (Jeremiah 10:13) King David describes wind as the very breath of God. When fleeing his enemies, David calls upon God and envisions a powerful scene of divine might revealed through natural forces: “the foundations of the world were laid bare by the mighty roaring of the Lord and the blast of the breath (nishmat ruach) of His nostrils.” ( Samuel II 22:16Psalm 18:16).

Consider and Comment: Wind is also a metaphor for change. Have you ever felt the winds of change blowing, in society, in a community, in your own life? Can you catch the wind and sail?

Featured Image: Wind blown tree Ka-Lae Hawaii, via Wikimedia Commons

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