The verse that sparked the title of this blog is found in Ecclesiastes 4:6 which reads:
Better one handful of tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
The word "wind" has taken on a new memory for me as I sheltered in place
during hurricane Isaac. (thank you for your prayers as we were kept
safe and with power!) After the storm rolled through, seeing the effects
of wind on fallen trees, ripped off roofs, driving water on land...it's
quite the invisible force of power and motion.
The verse implies you can't really "catch" wind...chasing it gets you no
where. It's better to have one handful of rest and one handful of toil
than double the toil. For me this is a blessing as in the world of
TouchGlobal we do in a way "chase" after wind. We see a mission field
created in the wake of crisis and recognize that the first physical wind
can open doors for the more powerful wind, the Holy Spirit, to move in
the hearts of those it sweeps across.
Another connection to the word "wind" was given by my boss at KRA's.
TouchGlobal serves our ministry partners such as churches, church
planters, etc as the wind in their sails. We don't want the spotlight,
we want to be the stage where they are the key players and create a
platform of ministry opportunities that are made available through crisis.
We want the powerful wind of the Holy Spirit to guide us so we're not
just chasing physical wind but chasing the Holy Spirit with God's
purposes in mind.
So the verse...better one handful of tranquility...how this speaks to me
is that I need to rest in the midst of toiling to focus on the greater
Wind and make sure my toiling is in line with God's Kingdom purposes!
Otherwise I'm toiling for nothing...just like trying to "catch" wind.
I pray that you can find tranquility time daily to seek God's Spirit and
see where He is leading and guiding you with His power and motion!
Happy Chasing :)