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COLUMN: When the winds of life blow, Jesus is a shelter from the storm

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By Jon Rohr

When we moved into our new house, one of the first things we noticed was the wind.  It seems that there is always at least a breeze blowing where we live.  This is refreshing most times, but sometimes it can be aggravating, for example when it blew so hard it broke our storm door!
Last week I was working in the yard trying to sow some grass seed in the bare spots in our lawn. It was a bit of a chore since the wind kept swirling around.  I would toss the grass seed out and it would blow about a foot away from where I meant it to go.  Naturally I would adjust my aim, then the wind would swirl around and blow it two feet the other way!  I finally realized that the only way to get the seed where I wanted it was to bend over and get really close to the ground.
Life can be frustrating in the same way.  We think we have it figured out, but then things change directions.  The kids get sick, you need a new roof on the house, you get a great new job offer, but it’s in California!  Things change and it can feel like we are just along for the ride!
Jesus tells us, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8 NIV)  Like most people, I would love to know what tomorrow might bring, but real life just doesn’t work that way.  We certainly make plans and have our ideas, but often things get turned upside down.  We like to pretend we are in control, but the truth is that life is usually bigger than we can handle.
The wind blows where it will so the only way I can get the seed where I want it is to stay close to the ground.  In this unpredictable life, the best plan is to stay close to the Lord.  James tells us, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8 NIV84)
Easter is a good time to draw near to the Lord.  Jesus came so close to us that He was willing to die for us.  
As we draw closer to him, we become more willing to live for him.  Draw close to Jesus this week and celebrate new life with him.