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Monsoon!
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Last week, an ill wind blew through our small desert town. The temperature hovered around 115 degrees and at first the breeze that began to stir was a welcome relief from the scorching heat.

But then the dust began to blow. As I drove toward my house, a white, plastic, grocery bag sailed in front of my windshield, swirling and dancing at the command of the wind. Pulling into my driveway, I glanced in my rear view mirror just in time to see a child’s blue, plastic swimming pool blow down the street.

Once inside the house, I peered out the blinds to see my neighbor’s garbage can literally flying through the air! I kid you not; it never touched the ground! And where it landed nobody seems to know. My neighbor is still combing the block for it.

Suddenly, the electricity was snuffed out, leaving the maddening whine of the wind as the only noticeable sound. Still gazing out the living room window, I saw the largest tree in the yard next door bite the dust. In fact, on my morning walk the next day, I counted 14 downed trees! Some were totally uprooted from the ground lying dead like soldiers on a battlefield. Others broke in half, large branches snapped off like little matchsticks.

Just the day before, those trees had stood tall and stately providing welcome shade from the Arizona sun. Today, they are gone. As I plodded the neighborhood, I tried to figure out why. It appears that either their root system was not strong enough to hold them in the ground, or they were standing alone without nearby shelter of support. Either way, the damaging, seasonal monsoon took them out.

Tossed To and Fro...

The apostle Paul mentions something similar in the New Testament. In the book of Ephesians, he talks about us growing into the fullness and stature of Christ. In chapter 4, verse 14, he urges us to “no longer be like children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” In other words, we need to be rooted and grounded so deeply in the word of God that we won’t be shaken, broken, or pulled up by the next theory, or popular idea that blows our way.

The New Living Translation Bible puts it this way, “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.”

Filling our minds with the word of God each day will develop a strong root system that goes deep into the soil of our hearts. Spending time talking with God throughout each day will provide shelter and support so that when the monsoon suddenly blows in, we will not waver but stand tall.

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By Kathy A. Lewis. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION© 1982 and the NEW LIVING TRANSLATION© 1996.


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