“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind.” (Henry Ford) – as seen recently on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.
Jack went on to write about the Wright brothers discovering that by facing against the wind they were able to fly, because the wind helped provide lift. He also mentioned liking the Bob Seger’s song Against the Wind.
Everybody has instances in their lives when they feel like they are running against the wind; times when they are facing adversity or fears, uncertainty and doubts. Sometimes it’s hard in the midst of those times to hold on to the belief that those periods of adversity serve to lift us; that overcoming the lows in life allow us to soar to new heights.
There is the old medical saw – “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. That is true in medicine and in life. In medicine one’s body develops immunity to certain diseases by surviving them. That is the basis for developing vaccines – using inactive or dead agents of the disease – bacteria or viruses – to cause the immune system to develop defenses well before it is actually exposed to the real agents that cause the disease.
There is a traditional Gaelic blessing –
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Sometimes, in life, just the opposite is true …
The road reaches a deep chasm or faces an intimidating hill.
The wind is blowing against you.
It is a time of cold darkness and storms beat against your face.
It is in those times that you really need to find shelter and help in the palm of His hand.
In life we are all exposed to situations where the wind is blowing against us, whether it is in job situations, our home life, or in relationships. We suffer disappointments, setbacks, failures and breakups. We are running against the wind. It is in those times that our faith lifts us up and allows us to soar above the adversity.
If you feel like you are running against the wind, seek the shelter and help that is always there for you and feel the power of God lifting you up. Remember God’s promise in Isaiah 41:10 –
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Jesus reinforced that commitment in Matthew 28:20 – “I am with you always, even untothe end of the world.”
Perhaps the better song for those times when we are running against the wind is the Josh Groban song – “You raise me up.”
Have a great weekend and turn into the wind with confidence in your faith .