Of Wind and Rain

Britain has had its fill of wind and rain, but the forecasters assure us we have more to come. The jokes about ark-building are wearing thin as the misery of those who have been flooded out or seen homes and businesses wrecked becomes more and more apparent. In such circumstances the scriptural allusions to wind and rain as images of the Holy Spirit and blessing become a trifle problematic. Yes, we can all make more or less successful stabs at thinking ourselves into the Old Testament world of desert sand and rock, but when we see water, water everywhere, the effort almost overwhelms us.

My own response would be to go with the flow. I think we* have got into the habit of thinking of God as somehow remote and uninvolved in his creation, a weak God whom we can safely ignore. To be reminded, like Job, that we cannot control the wind and rain, and that its force is enough to smash rocks that have stood firm for thousands of years, is to be reminded that God is, as we profess, almighty, all powerful — a God who, though infinitely loving and loveable, is also profound mystery, beautiful and strange in his otherness: a God to be adored, not ignored.

* the ‘we’ I am referring to here is loosely defined as those who would say they believe in some sort of God or Spiritual Force, but whose ideas are often vague and unspecific.

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3 thoughts on “Of Wind and Rain”

  1. Having been almost swept away by flood water some years ago and speaking as one whose home is under constant threat of flooding, there is no doubt that the elements can bring about a literal ‘fear of The Lord.’ Let us remember all those who are suffering as a result of the weather.

  2. Questions arise:

    Christian faith includes saying “Yes.” to ALL God’s will for us, not only the good with which he graces us and for which we praise him, but ALL, including what appears not good or seems less praiseworthy to us? If all that exists originates in and through God, even the parts shrouded in mystery and darkness, in suffering, have purpose? Is part of the journey to maintain faith in God when sat in Jobian ashes?

    What place do human feelings and reactions have when faced with floods and destruction, and such? Do we sin when we resist his will?

  3. Our city was flooded last June, and we live on the riverbank. Immediately to the east and west of us homes were flooded, to the south, many homes destroyed, though we remained safe, a little refuge of riverbank, two feet left – would we, too, be awash or would we be spared? We were fine, though many were not, and I still have “flood dreams”, seven and a half months later. There are times in life when praying “Thy will be done on earth” can be very difficult, to be sure.

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