This morning I was watching the local news and the weather lady was discussing the smokey conditions created by the many wild fires surrounding the small town of Colville WA. She pointed to a chart which marked our area as "Hazardous", the highest level of warning for air quality. She stated that being outside and breathing the smoke laden air could cause lung problems, especially in the elderly and the young. But it was the next chart she gestured to that caught my spiritual eye - the Wind Report. This report showed most areas in Northeast Washington as having very little wind, and the number hovering over my cozy little town...zero. Zero wind.
Jesus describes the Spirit like this,
Consider the object lesson of what happens when the wind stops blowing as fires rage all around us?
Toxic smoke fills the sky, hiding the Son. It becomes more difficult just to draw breath and when we do, a bitter taste is left in the mouth. Our eyes water and sting, not from heart or emotion but from the byproduct of the incessant flames. In a daze, tired of the struggle, we are left wondering; when will this stop? Suddenly, it becomes clear what is needed...
The Wind! The Rain!
Oh how refreshing to have the Wind blow! It blows away the smoke enshrouding our lives, that heavy smoke that makes us weary and heavy laden. Oh how cleansing to have the rain fall, dousing the fires raging all around us, giving life to the dry brittle branches we have become.
Bring the Rain we so desperately need. Let the Wind blow and chase away the smoke in our lives.