The year was 1992. I was spending 6 months as an intern in Nigeria with our missionaries, Bill and Kathy Kieselhorst. They had saved up a couple years worth of vacation dollars to buy a small two person sail boat. It was Bill’s pride and joy. Their two 15 year old twin boys convinced Bill and Kathy to let me take them out on a local lake with their sailboat. I had done very little sailing and really had no clue what I was doing, but the boys assured me they knew what they were doing.
We get out on the lake and it is so windy. The boat keeps capsizing. I’m doing my best to try and get the sail in the right place, but with no avail. After about the 8th or 9th time of this stupid boat capsizing, I was done. The last time the boat went over, when we got it turned over the mast, the boom, and all the rigging was gone. Somehow it had come loose and sank to the bottom of this lake. I would later discover that this is one of the deepest lakes in Nigeria and only one diver in that region had ever went to the bottom. All that to say, the boat was now a permanent shell of itself.
The drive back to Bill and Kathy’s was one of the worst moments of my life. I drove up to the house, Bill is working on his garden, sees the boat and looks baffled as he sees the condition of the boat. I think it took him two days to talk to me:). We now laugh about it (well, I do…I think Bill is still a little confused about how that could have happened).
Wind Power. Is there such a thing as too much wind? We pray for a move of God. We desperately want His presence. But we often want it our way – a safe, gentle breeze that blows softly in our lives. But that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes God comes in a gale force wind that shakes the foundations. I’m thankful that Jesus is described as a rock of refuge that we can run to. But make no mistake, sometimes the Spirit of God blows strong.
What would you rather have: 1) The strong, uncontrollable wind of God or 2) A nice gentle breeze without God’s presence? Is there an option 3?
My prayer today is to say “Yes” to however God chooses to come. My job is to wait for Him, to ask for Him, to invite His presence into my life. Holy Spirit come.