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Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Shape of the Soul | Day Five | Wind & Waves


Wind and waves in the gospel often represent adversity. “Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’ Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. ‘Who is this man?’ they asked. ‘Even the winds and the waves obey him!’” (Matthew 8:23-27)

Jesus instructs us to trust and have absolute child-like faith in him. We only need to keep moving forward, knowing he can and will calm the wind and the waves, that we may safely navigate, or at least withstand, the trouble and adversity in our lives in the shelter of his love.

“Grace will meet you in the valley and her song will travel on the wind to carry you home to another sky filled with ethereal beauty unfolding and life everlasting.” (Shannon Alder)


Often, adversity is sent to us in order to make us stronger, to lift us up, ultimately, to a higher state of being. “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” (Winston Churchill) How might our suffering lead us to an opening up to grace?

Wind is also portrayed in the gospels as physical evidence of the Holy Spirit. “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)

“...our destiny is to sail the great deep of God himself...wild and free, with the wind of the
Holy Spirit in our sails...” (Peter Keeft)

Notice the wind on your face and breathe in the Holy Spirit, giving thanks for being surrounded by its loving embrace. It is with you always, suffusing you with light and love and guiding you gently toward a deeper relationship with God. Often, the Holy Spirit speaks to us through intuition.

Consider and journal about ways in which adversity in your life has made you stronger and ultimately brought richer meaning to your life and added depth to your spiritual connection to Christ. How has the Holy Spirit guided you by intuition? You are never alone.

“The Holy Spirit is an advocate that will never leave you.” (John 14:16-17) 




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Journaling Prompts:

“Close your eye and turn your face into the wind. Feel it sweep along your skin in an invisible ocean of exhalation. Suddenly, you know you are alive.” (Vera Nazarian)

“Listening to intuition is similar to watching wind wiggle a pond. Allow the ripples to move you where you need to be.” (Soul Dancer)

“Whenever you touch a poem that caresses your soul, breathe it gently for it might be the wind that perfects your life’s goal.” (A. Saleh)

“There are some things you learn in calm, and some in storm.” (Willa Cather)

“The storms come a go, the waves crash overhead. The big fish eat the little fish, and I keep
on paddling” (George R.R. Martin)



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Tomorrow: Birds