Today it is really windy. Not just gusting from time to time, but consistent, strong winds.  There is nothing gentle about the wind, yet the rest of the weather paints a different picture: clear skies, warm – just plain nice. The wind is strong enough that as I was driving a 7″ in diameter branch snapped from a tree crossing the opposite lanes traffic (me, the guy behind me and two student moved the large limb – funny how no one else bothered to help).

Scripture is filled with images of wind – breath/Spirit of God. Sometimes it is gentle and life giving. Others it appears to be destructive, challenging, difficult to bear.

What I was reminded of today was that in the midst of what can be really beautiful, strong winds can arise, cause conflict, breakage that must be cleaned up (sometimes with help), and that even this strong wind is God’s presence.