During the hot summer days, many seek some sort of escape from the blistering heat. Thanks to the wonders of modern technological developments, there are many methods to “beat the heat.” We have air conditioning, electric fans, and, for those with extra cash to spend, refrigerators. Despite all of these seemingly variant forms of keeping cool, I believe there is one underlying source to the three aforementioned comfort objects: wind. I’d actually like to write about wind today, and examine its nature.
To address the initial confusion, I will now begin my scrutiny of how wind is the fundamental source of staying cool. The first one: air conditioning. I do believe that this one is quite self-explanatory, as is the second invention. In order for air-conditioning to work, it is cardinal for there to be a wind of some sort to be able to propel the cool air into our eagerly awaiting faces. The electric fan typically relies upon the same principles, lowering temperatures by virtue of wind partnered with electricity. The final avatar of wind comes in the form of the extolled refrigerator. Though the primary response to the word is a box of some sort to increase the longevity of food, refrigerators do, in fact, manifest the nature of wind. On first thought, a refrigerator is just a safe haven for those trying to escape the inferno. However, the only thing that propels that cool refreshing air into the faces of the plebeians is: wind.
Despite all these benefits, wind can bear many vices as well. To balance the playing field, there are three specific instances of wind that I wish to discuss: tornadoes, hurricanes, and hot wind. I shall start with tornadoes. To say that tornadoes can cause a great degree of devastation is quite the understatement. Tornadoes are, perhaps, among the most feared of natural disasters in the U.S., comparable to earthquakes in the East Coast. They are unforgiving and relentless, uprooting houses and ravaging trees; anything that is left in the wake of a raging tornado almost certainly lacks the life it had known previously. The next great disaster that wind fuels is the hurricane. Causing the vast destruction of New Orleans, hurricanes enervate the will of humans, and they generate grief and despair unknown to the common man. Finally, we have one that may not seem so incredibly destructive: hot wind. However, the impact of hot wind is not so much physical as psychological. Going back to the description of a searing summer day, natural wind is usually very welcome, alleviating some of the psychological stress that is caused by the inordinate amount of heat. However, hot wind has the special characteristic of being an immensely deteriorating presence to the already suffering. Hot wind comes and though one may feel it blowing, it is of very little comfort to the beneficiary; instead, it depresses the subject even more with its gentle but excruciatingly warm aura.
Now, why talk about wind? Well, from what I have experienced, wind is a parallel to God and the things that may occur in the duration of our relationship with God.
Allow me to speak on the detrimental parts first in order to explicate my point of view. First, we have the tornadoes, which in my eyes symbolize the fear that we may be subject to during our relationship with God. It is quite possible for our faith to be weak at times, and it is during these times that we suffer from the “tornadoes.” The next correlation between wind and our Christian experience is the hurricane. The hurricane is what I believe to be the ultimate test of God, the one that completely shakes our whole foundation down to the core; in some instances, it may even uproot our faith in Him and cause us to crumble. However, it is all part of God’s plan; in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, relief was sent to help rebuild the situation in New Orleans. The same can be said of our Christian hurricanes; after we have endured through the great tribulation, it leaves a time for us to meditate upon our relation to Christ and what our next step should be, and many times, this period of time following a “hurricane” can be the time we need to be able to strengthen our faith in Him, rebuilding the relationship to be stronger than it previously was. Finally, the hot wind. These are the times in our lives when we feel wave after wave of failure, when the relief we seek turns into a life-draining force that causes us to feel immense despair. Though not quite as physically dangerous as the hurricane, the hot wind is the most dangerous time in our Christian lives; it is when we begin to have doubts as to whether or not something perceived to be good is actually what it appears to be. In these trying times, the only counsel that I can give personally is to pray unceasingly. Prayer is the strongest weapon that Christians are armed with, and it serves a dual purpose to defend us from losing communication with God. After the “hot wind” passes, we will find ourselves in a shelter, once again safe in the arms of God.
Now, I will present the positive parallels between wind and God, working with the metaphors of air-conditioning, electric fans, and refrigerators. To start, I will expound upon the metaphor of air-conditioning. Air-conditioning in our Christian lives is when we have God talk to us and give us peace and quiet within. Like the air-conditioning we have physically, it soothes our minds and puts our souls at rest. The peace that God brings to us in times of hardship is a peace that cannot be exchanged for any other treasure in the world, and it is to be cherished with all our being. Electric fans are the loud instances during our Christian walks, the times when we realize that though what we have done is wrong, God faithfully speaks to us words of wisdom. These words should retain an anchor within our spirit, and we should hold onto them as long as He allows us to live; “electric fans” are just as encouraging as “air-conditioning,” but the context is a bit different. Finally, we arrive at refrigerators. These are the times when God shelters us from the world. Like food that is stored in a refrigerator, we are protected from the various microbes of the enemy waiting to attack us, and fellowship within these “refrigerators” is the purest, the time when there are no distractions or attacks, just a pure time to meditate upon God’s word and have fellowship with Him.
Although I have yet to experience truly devastating hurricanes or tornadoes, we all have experience a measure of hardship during our Christian walks; however, it is because of the other three things we have been able to continue on the path. The wind can be metaphorically used to represent the Holy Spirit, which guides us along and is at the core of the incredible things that God provides for us. In any case, this is just a musing of my own spanning three days’ length on how wind can represent the wonders of God.