”Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV)
Norman Vincent Peale shares in one of his books about a special breed of cows, the Hereford-cow, found in the western part of the USA. On occasion brutal snow storms sweep across the broad plains, and when the temperature sinks below zero and the snow drifts it becomes a bitter existence for the cows. The common cow would move along with the wind and not stop until they encountered a stand of trees or wind break and there they would remain still and freeze to death. Hereford–cows on the other hand would struggle forward against the wind until they reach a wind break. There they would stand shoulder to shoulder; heads bowed low, braced, waiting for the wind to subside.
I believe that this is the same method God wants Christians to employ in meeting difficulties. Of course, the force of the wind can tempt us to simply follow, to be pushed along until something, whatever it might be, hinders us. But instead God wants us to strain forward, against the forces, and He will go before us preparing a shelter where we will find protection until the evil has passed.
Lord, I pray today for perseverance. I ask for help to calm the wind until I find a shelter. Thank You for providing me with a shelter where I can rest from the battle ’til the evil has passed.