I once read that trees and plants need the wind. It stimulates their growth. Without the wind, there would be no movement. It is the wind that “awakens” the plants, so to speak, and encourages their growth.
It has been windy here the past few days. And as I sat on my patio watching the tree limbs, vegetable plants and flowers swaying in the wind, I began to wonder. What if the difficulties and obstacles in our life are like the wind? What if they aren’t meant to harm us, but to challenge us? What if they are really meant to get us moving?
Maybe without them, we would become complacent and stagnant, immovable in our lives. Maybe they are really gifts in some sort of way. Maybe some challenges are to be solved like a crossword puzzle. And some for us to dig deep into ourselves and grow.
For most of us, all the positive changes in our lives never would have happened if it weren’t for some challenge or obstacle that stimulated the change. Many of the positive things would have never happened without them.
Abuse or evil tragedies are never gifts, they never should have happened. However, this all could still apply to the struggles we face from them. Sometimes we forget that good can come from something bad, even from something tragic in our lives. It doesn’t wipe away the sting or pain of abuse or tragedy. But sometimes blessings happen in spite of the tragedy, not because of it.
Life is filled with wonderful moments and miracles and good along with the bad. It is too easy to get lost in the bad and lose hope in good. It has happened in my own life.
Thankfully, not every day is windy. We need calm and peace too. When life is nothing but wind, this is not natural. We were never meant to live in a constant storm. When we do, we lose our way, we lose our perspective. We forget how to embrace change and even good in our lives.
Maybe life is about learning to fly over and over again, every time we fall or fail or get hurt.
Maybe learning to fly for many of us is filled with panic and fear, like jumping off a cliff. And it is only then our wings will spread and let us fly again.
Sometimes maybe the road to joy is not always easy. Maybe more often than not, it feels like free falling. Maybe obstacles and challenges are like the wind, to help us grow in ways we never would without them.