The answer may be blowin’ in the wind…
There is an old parable in which a mighty oak tree which stood for over one hundred years was finally blown over by a storm. The tree fell into a river and floated downstream until it came to rest among the reeds growing along the riverbank. The fallen giant asked the reeds in amazement, "How is it that you reeds were able to weather the storm that was too powerful for me, a mighty oak tree, to withstand?"
The reeds replied, "All these years you stubbornly resisted the winds that blew your way. You took such pride in your strength that you refused to yield, even a little bit. We reeds, on the other hand, have not resisted the wind, but have always bent with it. We understood the power of the wind and so, the harder the wind blew the more we humbled ourselves before it."
This has been a tough year for all of us. At times the wind has been strong enough to push us into challenging new directions and new ways of doing things… new ways of serving those who God has put in front of us. Certainly the wind has been difficult at times too.
Those who have survived are probably the ones who have been humble in heart… yet strong in love.
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong Worship. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW2LEU5v8VA