Doors and windows were banging and the curtains dancing in all directions. The wind was not only making its presence known, it was boasting of its forcefulness, of its strength. Despite the cool touch that it ushered into the house, there was a need to block it out. Doors and windows were hurriedly closed shut in fear of the panels ending up as shattered pieces of glass all over the floor and scattered in the garden.
However, if a gentle cool breeze is felt, the reverse happens! The hair longs for the breeze to toy with it, the face desires for the coolness to be splashed across… Windows and doors are opened wide… The breeze is welcomed and enjoyed. A lingering experience so to speak! It’s anything but uncomfortable.
Is this why a romance that happens “bang bang” with force is named a ‘whirl wind romance’? It comes in a hurry and with such power that it turns everything upside down; it needs to be blocked! However if this strong wind is let in, there will be a price to pay as much destruction takes place. Whirlwind romances may even end in marriage but very unlikely to last or be of real intimacy. However it lacks good rooting as it happens ‘too soon too fast’. Relationships can’t happen like this…
On the other hand,
A good romance is like a breeze – refreshing and gentle that will be welcomed with open arms!
Real connection takes place in getting to know one another in person over a period of time and observing their ‘fruit’ – to see whether they indeed walk the talk. It is easy to hear one talk about their faith / trust in God, but what does their lifestyle show? Many people have a different ‘face’ for different type of people – one face to their boss at work, another to their colleagues, another to family and yet another to their church leadership… likewise with the disabled, the poor, the old, the rich, the opposite sex etc. Observing them interact with all these various categories can help us understand their true nature. It’s progressive and it’s a steady process.
(There are exceptions I agree, but that can happen only with the gift of discernment from God. However more often than not, God’s ways of fulfilling promises don’t happen in a jiffy.)
Our relationship with God is not very different either…
In Matthew 13:1-23, Jesus tells us a parable – the parable of the sower and then gives the meaning too.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (vv.1-8)
Which category do you fall into?
On the path
- Did you hear God’s Word (the message about the Kingdom) and not understand it? Why did you not understand it? Was it because the Word was not explained to you? Was it because your heart was hardened; possibly because you were sceptical about God and faith? Was it because you have a wrong opinion formed already and believe that hearing God’s Word will quench your lifestyle and thus be ‘bad’ for you? The evil one then snatches away what is sown in your heart. He will be the happiest because he would have one more person away from God. What does he care that the consequences for these people would be eternal life burning in hell, away from the loving presence of God Almighty?
On rocky places
- Did you hear God’s Word and at once receive it with joy? In which circumstances did this take place? Was it as because of receiving a miracle – perhaps a miracle of healing? Did it happen with an expectation of continual blessings and a smooth walk? Such people are not rooted.
The plant needs the sun. We need God and His Word. When the plant that isn’t rooted properly receives too much of sun it withers. Likewise, as soon as those who aren’t rooted properly face trouble or persecution because of God’s Word, they quickly fall away. They came with wrong motives or misplaced expectations, possibly because of the wrong teaching that accompanied God’s Word when they heard it or perhaps because of greed. Nonetheless, their relationship with God withers away.
Among the Thorns
- Have you heard God’s Word but let the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it? Jesus likens these things (worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth) to thorns that destroy… destroy the fruitfulness that comes with a good walk with God. If we truly trusted God and loved Him with our all, our focus will be on Him and we will have faith that our Heavenly Father will meet our needs and guide our paths. We worry, we become anxious when we don’t trust Him… it’s as simple as that! Yes, I agree not worrying is not easy – it’s the human thing to do. Some Christians are good at praying but they are not rooted in God’s Word. This is not at all safe… Loving God means hearing His voice which can be discerned from competing voices only through getting to know Him – which is through careful meditation of His Word.
If you hear God’s Word and understand it, you are like the seed that fell on good soil. Your heart is prepared and yielded to hear the revelations that the Holy Spirit imparts to you, to teach you God’s Word. You will also be able to discern the teaching of false prophets, of false teachers, of the wolves who come to you in sheep’s clothing. Remember Paul warns us to watch out as there will be such people rising up in these last days.
People who hear and understand God’s Word will produce a crop…. fruitfulness where the fruit of the Spirit is evident, where God is priority, faith takes over and also the love for each other is sincere and inevitable.
Let us place our focus on a relationship with God which can only be obtained by being rooted in God’s Word. Be wary of hearing verses from the Bible quoted out of context. Each verse should be meditated in context of the Bible in its entirety…
Any relationship whether with God or with each other or whether it be in view of marriage – it all takes time to develop… we get to know each other by spending time with one another with patience and love and sincerity and forgiveness. We learn to LISTEN and understand what they are saying and what they are saying.
Trouble comes only when things are rushed without being rooted in understanding or when we make a decision not to want to make a relationship work – either because of our insecurities or because of discernment to protect ourselves from harm and danger.
One relationship that will never be harmful, that will protect us from danger – from the strong winds around us – is that with God!
We can walk on the waters despite of the storms
if our eyes are fixed on Him and Him alone.