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Sundown Devotional: The Virus Resembling the Wind

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on God's control over the wind. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

Wild Waves. Free-Photos

Wild Waves. Free-Photos

The Devotional

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
–Matthew 14: 32, 33 NLT

We cannot downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus; COVID-19 is deadly. Neither can we promote a cure solely by spiritual exercises. There are physical, social and economic elements which demand our human action. Still, while we adhere to health guidelines and preventative measures, we find ourselves praying for God’s intervention.

The virus reminds us of the wind in the story of Peter who tried walking toward Jesus on the water. Trying to escape the threat of death on the sea of Galilee, he encountered heavy waves which made him panic, but the real danger was in the strong wind. (Matthew 14:22-33). According to the National Ocean Service, it is the combination of the speed, duration, and fetch (distance traveled) of the wind which determines the height of the waves. So how is the virus like the wind?

COVID-19 seems to have come out of nowhere, much like a wind. Its speed and fetch are phenomenal. The prospect of its duration is frightening. It has caused intimidating waves of worry, ill-health, confinement and loss of lives. Yet, judging from the history of winds, it has limits. The wind in Peter's story stopped when he and Jesus climbed into the boat. So was its purpose completed when Peter abandoned the frailty of his humanity to the Omnipotence of God's divinity? Was its purpose to humble Peter? Perhaps it was also to motivate worship in all who witnessed the event.

While we make physical effort to avoid the virus, and engage in spiritual exercises to involve God, how will the experience affect us? Does this wind have a purpose in our lives? Will we trust God to control the wind, and not try to fight the waves without Him? Will we recognize our limitations and depend on His wisdom? Perhaps our love for Him and each other will increase. May this wind extract true worship from the dying and the living. And when it ends, may the living be wiser and kinder.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for life and love. We trust You to protect and save us from all evil, now and forever. In Jesus name. Amen.

Boats on a stormy sea. Painting by Pieter Mulier

Boats on a stormy sea. Painting by Pieter Mulier

Ten Insightful Quotes About the Wind

  1. “It is foolish to teach calmness to the sea, because for a calm sea, you should teach calmness to the wind, not to the sea!” ―Mehmet Murat ildan
  2. “Sometimes a strong wind blows suddenly and you leave your beloved tree without saying even goodbye . . . This uncertainty of life makes every moment in life infinitely precious.” ―Mehmet Murat ildan
  3. "I would rather know the principles than facts. Because facts are changeable like the wind and can’t be relied upon!” ―Mwanandeke Kindembo
  4. “A tree does not stop growing because the wind blew off a few of its leaves.”
    ―Matshona Dhliwayo
  5. “The greatest lesson a tree can give you is to stand tall and proud, no matter how strong life’s winds blow against you.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
  6. “A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port. Ah, yes, but once you're abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own. Be careful . . . careful of the wind you choose.” ―Avi
  7. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." ―Henry Ford
  8. “The wind envelops you with a certain purpose in mind, and it rocks you. The wind knows everything that's inside you . . . And all we can do is go with those things. As we take them in, we survive, and deepen.” ―Haruki Murakami
  9. "The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails." ―Ramakrishna
  10. “The wind is rising! . . We must try to live!” ―Paul Valéry
Bent Coconut Tree. Photo by Marathi mulgaa

Bent Coconut Tree. Photo by Marathi mulgaa

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© 2020 Dora Weithers

Comments

Jack Shorebird from Central Florida, US on April 24, 2020:

Good devotional. Thoughtful. A lot of comparisons and quotes I've never read. I like (#3) Mwanandeke Kindembo's the best.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 23, 2020:

Dream, thanks for your comment. The wind is quite loveable because it always comes with a purpose, and it doesn't leave until it purpose is fulfilled. We can learn from it.

DREAM ON on April 23, 2020:

You give a lot of thought into both. I love the wind so much at the same time I wish the Coronavirus never came. It is here now and doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. Maybe the wind can lift it away. That would make me love the wind even more. A lovely write. Stay safe.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 02, 2020:

Brenda, thanks for your input. I also pray that our trust in God grows during this crisis. Wishing protection for you and yours also.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 02, 2020:

Thanks, Nell. I appreciate your kind words and I wish the same safety and protection for you and yours.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 02, 2020:

Thanks, Rochelle. You sure make a good point about that mustard seed. God's protection on you and yours, too.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 02, 2020:

Ms. Dora,

This article is so appropriate for right now.

We must trust in God.

The winds can change.

I really hope your last part

comes true when this is all over.

And when it ends, may the living be wiser and kinder.

So many are reaching out to God...may it continue when this ends.

Great write.

Stay safe my dear.

Nell Rose from England on April 02, 2020:

Comforting words and great to read. I do hope you stay safe Dora, and your family too.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 01, 2020:

I'm inspired by your article. It is much needed. Hope you are safe and healthy. I believe that this is a time that Papa God wants your attention since you have to be careful when you touch yourself. An invisible bacteria naked to your eyes could cause such damage, think of much a mustard seed of faith could do. Happy day !

Antonio50S on March 30, 2020:

Thank you Dora.

You are a good one if you don't mind me saying, as many others here are as well.

Them medical things have been going on for a long time now, coming and going. Not something i really talk about. May mention them in the future.

Tony.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 30, 2020:

Tony, I'm sorry to hear that you have some medical issues. Hoping that the God who calmed the winds and waves will speak solace and healing to your situation. Your taking a break from commenting is understandable.

Thanks for this insightful comment, promoting faith and hope. Stay restful and peaceful.

Antonio50S on March 30, 2020:

Hi Dora. Hope you and everyone are keeping well.

This is really good. Cannot comment to often at the moment due to reasons including medical, but really like the Resemblance of Virus to the Wind. Like It.

A bit like when Jesus was sleeping on a boat. A squall suddenly came up, and the disciples had to wake Jesus up. "What a time to be sleeping" :) but it shows how Jesus was in control of that situation as well even while sleeping. When they seen Jesus Rebuke the Wind and Calm the Waves as frightening as that may have been, they became more frightened that someone had the power to command the Wind and Waves to be Quiet and Still. ( Mark 4:35-41 ) Verses 40 & ( 41 ). Them are not the kind of details anyone would record in the bible unless that's what happened for real. The disciples knew who Jesus was, but still needed more faith. I think we all get like that at times, but the real challenge is living out the faith continually on a daily basis no matter what comes our way. It's the stuggle and challenges we face that make us grow. God knows that, and that's why he allows things to happen as well for now and for those reasons.

Jesus could have prevented the girl from dying as well in ( Mark 5:21-43 ) but seeing Jesus raise her from the dead, and other things the disciples and crowds witnessed would Inspire HOPE and FAITH for ALL future generations to come by showing that eventually all these things, Including Coronavirus, will one day be a thing of the past.

Tony.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 29, 2020:

Bill, sorry to hear that you have pneumonia, but extremely glad that it's not the dreaded virus. Got better soon, and take your time catching up on the hubs. Happy to have you read whenever you read. Stay safe!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 29, 2020:

Well, Dora. I don't have COVID-19, but I do have pneumonia. I've been down for a while. Hopefully, I can get caught up on HP.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 29, 2020:

Thanks, John, would to God that each one learns the appropriate lesson for him or her.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 29, 2020:

Good to hear from you Dianna. Yes, that's a really good story for these times, and we can extract several good messages.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 28, 2020:

This devotional was much needed at this time MsDora. "..when it ends may the living me wiser and kinder." is very appropriate. Perhaps there is a lesson for humanity in this virus and we will emerge a more humble and grateful people.

Dianna Mendez on March 28, 2020:

I was just referring to the bible story on Jesus calming the wind. It is for such a time as this. Thanks for the reminder of how the wind can be a positive influence in our lives. Blessings!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 27, 2020:

I am glad you liked it. Stay safe.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 27, 2020:

Liz, I listened to the Nicky Gumbel tape. Glad I did. Be safe and be cheerful.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 26, 2020:

Thanks, Dora. That's a great prayer for this time. A friend recommended a YouTube video by Nicky Gumbel 'Choose Faith over Fear'.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 25, 2020:

Thanks, Phipps. Happy that you found the article and the quotes interesting. Hope you also subscribe to the assurance.

Phipps on March 25, 2020:

A very interesting article that consoles us in this period of uncertainty and helplessness .From a religious perspective it would certainly be reassuring.The quotes are particularly interesting . I found your take on the subject and approach kept my interest.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Well said, Liz. I just found this prayer about sixty seconds ago:

Dear God,

Being alone is hard. We were created for community, not confinement. But we’re grateful that no matter how alone we may feel, You never leave or forsake us. And, we’re grateful for technology that helps us stay in touch with each other.

Today, please remind us that this time of social distancing and isolation will not last forever. Give us the strength to endure this difficult season, and deepen our connection with You and Your people.

Empower us with an extra dose of Your love, peace, hope and joy, because we need it. Remind us of Your promises, and please heal our land.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 24, 2020:

Unable to meet on Sunday, our village church streamed services online. At a time of such uncertainty, when all around us is changing, it is good to be reminded of God's enduring love and grace.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Thanks Denise, for another piece of truth worth repeating: "Keeping our fear from getting out of control is only done by putting our faith in our Maker and his ever present Holy Spirit."

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Mitara, thanks for sharing your wisdom and hope, pointing us to the Source of the solution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Yes, James. We cannot see it, and that reminds us of how limited we are to fight it. Thank God, He can see and combat everything.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Thanks, Nicole. I love your outlook. Let's wait and see what God will bring our of this catastrophe. Best to you!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Thanks, Lora. Well said: "By showing greater love toward all his creation and taking better care of our planet and each other, we also show our love and respect for our Creator and his commandments." Hope we all subscribe to this during this crisis. His safety and protection on you and your family.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Thanks, Tim. God's safety and protection on you and your family.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on March 23, 2020:

The analogy of the wind is very fitting for what is happening here in our world. We know it is there but we don't see it. We only see the effects of the virus in those around us and the places in our world. Having family members in many areas has lead us turning to deity for their safety and protection as well as our own. Keeping our fear from getting out of control is only done by putting our faith in our Maker and his ever present Holy Spirit.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 23, 2020:

Amen,

Spiritual power is key to get us through anything, this pandemic is no exception.

Beautiful article

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on March 21, 2020:

The Corona virus is also like the wind in that for all their power neither can be seen with the naked eye. Thought provoking hub.

Nicole K on March 21, 2020:

Dora, thank you for this devotional. This virus and it’s severity did seem to come out nowhere, like the wind. But I take comfort in knowing God knew it was coming and it’s all part of His plan. When I think of it this way, it’s exciting to see what good He will bring of it all, and how this time of self-isolation can increase our trust in Him!

Lora Hollings on March 21, 2020:

Hopefully, we will all recognize that our ultimate peace resides with Him and that we are here to do His work. There will always be difficult times, viruses and plagues of one sort or another, but by showing greater love toward all his creation and taking better care of our planet and each other, we also show our love and respect for our Creator and his commandments. This is such a timely scripture for what is happening in the world right now, Dora, and how we can transform worry and fear into hope. Beautiful and inspiring writing!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 21, 2020:

Ms. Dora, what an important and timely article. We should be mindful of the terrible virus sweeping the world and act accordingly. As always, your articles are insightful, thoughtful, and filled with love. May peace always be yours.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2020:

Thanks, Layne. I think so too, and I pray that we benefit individually and collectively.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2020:

Thanks,Devika. I share your opinion that we can learn in this pandemic to help and understand each other.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2020:

Thanks, Adelyn for your encouraging feedback. Please feel free to share the devotional anyway you like. You always have my permission.

Layne Holmes from Bend, Oregon on March 21, 2020:

I appreciate this Dora. Right now things feel very out of control but we all have to ride with it and stick together. "Does this wind have a purpose in our lives?" I think so.

Devika Primic on March 21, 2020:

Hi Dora great thoughts here and quotes are useful. I am impressed of your idea for the Sundown Devotionals. You have certainly created an interesting insight to life here. Surviving this pandemic is for all of us to help each other and to understand our needs in this crisis.

Adelyn Mgonela on March 21, 2020:

Thank you always Dora and thank God for the gift of insight that God has given you into His word. This word of hope has given me some added words of hope for the people of God that I shepherd and with your permission will use. God bless!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2020:

Rajan, it would be to our loss to miss that message: "we all are one, interconnected and should work together ..." Well said, and thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 21, 2020:

Flourish, "Better lonely than dead" is the current creed by which to live. I just read affirmation of that idea this morning. Praying that we keep our sanity and emotional health through it all.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 21, 2020:

The current corona crisis relays God's message that we all are one, interconnected and should work together as one human race to survive. Stay safe!

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 20, 2020:

Your writing is beautiful and the analogy fitting in this troubled time. I live a mile from my parents but for their own safety do not visit them, as they are high risk and so am I. Better lonely than dead, but we phone and text. I do not worry about the financial issues but I do worry about loss of someone I love or maybe dying myself. If I got sick I would not even be able to take fever reducing meds or decongestants because of medical problems. I hope this passes soon.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Thanks, Kyler. Togetherness is a valuable lesson and join you in hoping that we learn it. Best to you, too.

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on March 20, 2020:

Whatever may come from this virus I hope we have learned one thing, the world is interconnected and it is our job to keep each other and the planet in tip-top shape!

Stay safe out there, Miss Dora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy. Best to you also. Praying the same protection and safety for my friends as I pray for myself.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2020:

The analogy to the fierce wind versus this virus seems apt. Let us all pray and do our best to help one another through this crisis, even if it has to be by words of encouragement as you just did with this post. Wishing you safety from the storm.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Thanks. I respect your opinion.

manatita44 from london on March 20, 2020:

I always like your writing! Just a little too harsh, perhaps.... sometimes

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Thanks, Pam. A happy weekend to you too. Keep on keeping the faith!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Verlie, I appreciate your feedback. Happy that the article affects you positively.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Thanks, Bill. Best wishes to you too, and I second your proposal. Well said!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Thanks, Rosina. Your beautiful comment is encouraging.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:

Hi Manatita. We're optimistic. We're still traveling between islands, but travel outside the region is discouraged. there are confirmed cases in Jamaica and in St. Martin, but we remain vigilant. We're staying home for the most part.

Yes, I spent some time on this article and when you like my writing, I am encouraged. Thanks for the positive feedback.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 20, 2020:

I have always loved that verse in Matthew as it is such a good lesson about keeping your faith strong. Keep yoour eyes on Jesus in a steadfast way.

Thank you, Ms. Dora, for another very good sundown devotionsl article. I hope you have a good weekend.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 20, 2020:

You draw wonderful analogies from nature with your Bible studies Dora. And your quotes about the wind are so apt. You got me listening to Bob Seger's "Against the Wind' this morning. Thank you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 20, 2020:

I propose we combat the virus with our own wind of love and compassion. :) Best wishes to you, Dora, and safe health always.

Rosina S Khan on March 20, 2020:

Sundown Devotional compared the C-virus to the wind. I find a nice analogy here both being fierce, dangerous and unpredictable. I simply loved the insightful quotes about the wind. My fave is No.9:

"The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails." ―Ramakrishna

manatita44 from london on March 20, 2020:

Morning Dee.

I'm not hearing much about the Caribbean. How's things out there?

Dee, this is an amazing piece! You must have spent some time on this, right. So well put together, reads incredibly beautiful and very, very necessary at this time.

It's so important for us humans to know that God's in charge, that He loves us and that life improves the moment we surrender to His Will, like Peter did.

The quotes are amazing too. I'm so happy that you are quoting Sri Ramakrishna, one of the simplest, like Christ and one of the greatest God-men that ever walked the earth. Peace to You and yours. Stay safe!