More Lessons From the Roadside – Guest Post – Part 2
The Windmill Epiphanies:
Part 2—More Lessons from the Roadside
a Guest Post by Rebecca Orozco
(for Part 1 of this two-part mini-series, click here)
When God prompted me to pull my car over to the side of the road on my way to church one day, I had no idea how much I would learn— about myself, about spiritual gifts, about God, and about the community He has placed me in.
One of the first things He made clear to me that day was the importance of relying on His Spirit to move in me and through me. Just as the windmills on the hills need wind to move their blades, so also I need God’s Spirit to be what is moving and guiding me in my life.
I work out to Jillian Michaels’ DVDs every week. In them, there is one particular warm-up move where she has me do “forward windmills” with my arms spinning. She tells me to “engage your stomach muscles to stabilize you.”
This is what I’m talking about: just as our stomach muscles need to be engaged in order to move safely through our workouts and our daily, real-life movements, so also do we need to engage the Holy Spirit in all we do so that we don’t get off-track or out-of-balance.
As I parked on the side of the road that day, taking in the view of all the windmills dotting the hillside, I noticed one in particular. It was, like the others, a typical three-bladed windmill. But this one, since it wasn’t moving, happened to be positioned in such a way that one blade was vertical and the other two were nearly horizontal. It somewhat resembled a cross— only those horizontal blades were not really horizontal. They were drooping down and kind of sad-looking.
As I gazed at that droopy-looking windmill, I recognized that I had somehow gotten to a place wherein I was forgetting that the cross of Christ is strong and powerful. Somewhere along my journey, I had gotten the cross of Christ confused. I had been forgetting the incredible accomplished work of the Son of God and instead was focusing on my own weaknesses and frailty.
But the good news is this: When I remember the accurate view of the cross— that it has defeated the death that was mine and stands straight in victory; that I am powerless and absolutely useless without my Savior and His sacrifice; that our own power and abilities, no matter how great they are, can never save us— I am encouraged. I have a proper, healthy perspective again.
We are nothing, and can do nothing, without Jesus.
We’ve simply got to keep the cross of Jesus, and all it represents, at the forefront of our minds. He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He is the Author of our Salvation, the Great and Mighty One, the fortress we can turn to in any and all of life’s circumstances. He is the One who is always with us— we are never alone and, thus, we never need to fear or be dismayed.
We’ve got to engage with that truth and let it become the through-line, the central truth of our daily journeys. When we do, we will be so much stronger, more effective, and more fulfilled in our lives.
And do you know what else?
We aren’t alone in any of it. Just as the windmills along the Altamont Pass are always grouped together to produce power on a grid, so are we Christ-followers grouped with other Christ-followers on purpose. The more spinning windmills, the more energy produced. That’s why we cannot spin in isolation. We need each other and the varying gifts we bring to the body of believers. Even if we feel inadequate in our gifts, when we spin with others beside us, we are more powerful. God has called us to join in community as little windmills spread throughout our city. We are moved solely by the Spirit of the Living God, and only through His strength will we make a difference, as we all spin wildly and freely.
As we live by, and keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25) and remember the power of the cross rather than relying on our own power (1 Corinthians 1:17), we can join the body of believers (1 Corinthians 12:27) and each play our role beautifully for His kingdom.
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What about you?
Has God ever prompted you to stop and look at something (either in His creation or something manmade) and spoken to your heart through it? What is He saying to your heart today through Rebecca’s story?
Please share your journey in the comment section below.