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Sundown Devotional: The Virus Resembling the Wind

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

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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