This morning I walked briskly on a country road. It was a delightfully sunny morning, breezy and unseasonable cool for July. I had a tailwind and so I decided to walk a little further than usual. After about 20 minutes, I turned back toward home and it hit me. A headwind from the NNE. It wasn’t cold, but it was uncomfortable. I felt resistance. The dirt from the road blew at me in waves and I could feel the sting on my skin and the grit in my teeth. I was determined to get home and shower the dusty road residue down the drain.
Life is like this, I thought. With a tailwind, we can go faster and farther, but a headwind, even though it may slow us down, increases our strength and stamina if we don’t give up. Ephesians 4:13 says (my paraphrase): I can do all things (even the really, really hard stuff) that life throws me (relationships, illness, etc.), not in my own strength, but through Christ who gives me His strength to continue and press on.
Welcome the headwind with the strength that Jesus Christ gives. It may be hard, but not impossible.