In case you haven’t noticed yet, I love rollerblading. I have mentioned how it is an escape, as well as a sanctuary for my thoughts to bloom in. I love that I can find new ways to travel down, and given such beautiful views. I love that I can hear the silence and just spend time with God in solitude. There are so many things I love about rollerblading, the ones I have listed are only a few.
But there is one aspect of rollerblading that I do not always enjoy. The wind. The wind is welcomed, only when you’re going with it, but almost impossible to travel in, when you are going against it.
When you were going with the wind, you could go on for miles. When you are going against the wind, however, you could go only a few blocks, if that, and feel completely exhausted.
In life, I find myself often times loving going with the wind, but then when I change direction, and suddenly, I’m going against the wind, my journey becomes so much more difficult.
The wind can represent doing things because others are doing them, or it could even be going with the status quo. Many people are so terrified to go against what others think or act in such a way that those individuals are seen as outcasts so they stick to what they see others do. The only thing is it gets tiring trying to impress others all the time and living for their approval.
The difficult part is that when we go with the wind, i.e. the pressures of this world, internal-pressure, temptations of the flesh and so many other things, the reward of reaching our goal is not accomplished because we were too afraid to go against the wind.
When we go against what everyone else is doing or expects of us and when we finally reached the end goal after pushing hard against the world, what we gain is treasured and that much more worth the opposition we had to face in order to attain it.
For me, when I make it to wherever it is that I’m rollerblading to, I am so elated that I made it there, despite having to go against the wind during my track.
The same goes for life. When I finally reach something that I have been striving to reach, for a long time, the joy that I receive far outweighs the battle it was to get there.
On a hot day, nothing feels better than blading with the breeze, as it basically pushes me, and makes the work easy. But I can not let the wind determine where I go, especially if where I need to get to, is the other direction.
Just like going against the wind, there are times when I need to push back against the pressure and keep pressing into the “wind” as it tries to blow me the wrong way. I have to stand firm in what I know to be true, even when no one else is in agreement with me.
I am called to trust God’s hand will always guide me down his path, that what God tells me is the unfailing truth. I have to trust that the Lord has directed every step I take, even if I take it alone.
Let the wind be your guide, but never be afraid to confront your wind head-on, when the Lord changes your direction.
James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.