The Whirlwind by Sara Whitten
By Sara Whitten
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By Evelyn Donelson
Have you felt like your life has been a whirlwind lately? This is for you!!! I came across the passage in Hosea 8 about reaping the whirlwind. I had always read this passage as a wrathful one, but this time God began to download something I had never heard before. Now I read it as a tender, pleading call back into His arms.
Whirlwinds come in your spiritual life; times when obligations and events and heartaches and busy days are swirling around. Merriam Webster defines whirlwind as "a small rotating storm of limited extent" or "a confused rush." Guess what? The whirlwind you're in is of limited extent. It has no great power over you! It is limited! God is UNlimited! The anecdote to the whirlwind is in its second definition. If a whirlwind is a confused rush, the anecdote is a CLARITY and SLOWING DOWN.
God began showing me that while whirlwinds come, it is how we USE this force that determines our experience. Hosea 8:7 warns that he who "sows to the wind will reap the whirlwind." God began to open my understanding of this verse.
Reaping the Whirlwind
The word used for wind in Strong's exhaustive Concordance is Ruwach that means "mind, spirit, or wind." If we sow to the mind (feeding worries, basing our decisions on our understanding instead of God), we reap the Whirlwind that is the confused rush. If we sow to the SPIRIT of God, we reap the whirlwind of Elijah that takes us up to Heaven!! (2 Kings 2).
So how do we sow to the spirit? The rest of Hosea 8 leaves clues.
"Israel cries out, 'Our God, we acknowledge you!' but Israel has rejected what is good." (v 2)
"Though they offer sacrifices and gifts to me, and though they eat meat, the Lord is not pleased." (v 13)
God is simply craving your INTIMACY with Him. Do you hear Him crying out to come to the secret place? Not for your performance; not for your sacrifices; just your listening ear and your heart that is moved for Him and by Him. Pressing into intimacy in the midst of overwhelming chaos in life is the key to the Elijah experience of the whirlwind. It will only draw you closer to the Lord!
As I drove home from church yesterday, Michael W Smith sang "I lift my eyes...I look to the horizon now." At that exact moment my eyes met the word "horizon" printed on the back of the truck in front of me. I felt God pressing me to seek Him more about this word. In my quiet time the next morning, I asked Him to reveal more to me about horizons and did a little digging. "The horizon or skyline is the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth's surface, and those that do not." (Wikipedia)
It's the season of woodpeckers. Recently I see multiple of these red-headed beauties each day, which seems like more than I typically notice each spring. The beautiful thing about woodpeckers is that they SEEK OUT areas of DISTURBANCE. Areas recently affected by fire, land that's recently been CLEARED (God just recently spoke about clearing), or places where trees have died are just a few places they choose for their NESTING GROUND (allaboutbirds.org). How beautifully unexpected. They seek for their place of BIRTHING new life the places that have just experienced disturbance. Google dictionary defines disturbance as "the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition."
The past few days I have been finding dimes everywhere. Today when I found one on my seat as I began my time in the secret place, I began to ask about the symbolism God was speaking for an upcoming season. This will be a time of peace that passes understanding. That current conflict is going to come to an end. Olive branches also Biblically symbolized the end of flood. "When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth." Genesis 8:11 NIV