Last night, I fell asleep to the clanging of a pulley against the flagpole at the school across the street … and the whistling of the wind as it swept around the corner of our house.

As I drifted into dreamland, a distant part of my brain somehow recalled a vague quote from somewhere that I looked up this morning.

Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)

Last week’s post about the weather explained how uneven heating creates a movement of air that we call the wind. In addition, there are powerful currents circling the globe (jet streams) that impact weather patterns and push airplanes eastward.

Whether it’s a gentle breeze or a hurricane force blast, we cannot see the wind, only it’s effects. The same is true of God’s hand at work in the world around us.  When a bitter heart or an addict drops their burden. When a hero arrives to save the day. When an inner-city boy grows up to become a famous neurosurgeon who separates conjoined twins. When a mother chooses life for her child … and that child wins the Heisman Trophy and uses that platform to glorify his Savior. And that doesn’t even begin to touch on the countless moments He blows into my life with peace, wisdom, inspiration, or even a perfectly-timed bumper sticker and generous stranger.

It reminds me of the song, “How He Loves” (by John Mark McMillan and sung by the David Crowder Band and others). Part of the lyrics compare God’s love to a hurricane and my heart like a tree “bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.” I may not see God’s hand, but I know He’s there, just like the wind.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Roman 1:20 NIV)

Just because you can’t see Him, doesn’t mean God isn’t there. Get caught in His jet stream!

What about you? Do you see God’s hand at work in the world around you? Is it a hand of mercy or one of judgment? A restorative breeze or an air-cleansing blast?

Creation Declares – Wind
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