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I don’t know about you but it seems to me that I have been running against the wind all my life! But hey that’s okay, Salmon swim up river to spawn and have to swim past many obstacles and dangers along the way . –But they still do it. They have to!! And so friend–we are encouraged by the Spirit of God to get  up again and to go again. Get back on your horse and go again!…Get on your bike and go again!

Against the Wind Lyrics

And the years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home and I
I guess I lost my way
There were oh-so many roads
I was livin’ to run
And runnin’ to live
Never worried about payin’
Or even how much I owed
Movin’ eight miles a minute
For months at a time
Breakin’ all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searchin’
Searchin’ for shelter again and again[Chorus]
Against the wind
Little somethin’ against the wind
I found myself seekin’ shelter against the wind

Because you know what you are NOT ALONE AS YOU RUN!

Bob Seger wrote of that he found himself “seeking and searching for shelter again” . Because running against the wind is hard.
What makes it easier to run against the wind?
Having someone go ahead of you to break the wind so that you are not taking it’s full brunt. Having a lead runner in front of you, with you in their slipstream, that makes a big difference.
I was 27 when I allowed Jesus Christ to be my Lead Runner. Up until then I was the lone runner with no one in front of me. Sort of has the effect of making you seek shelter after a while striving against the wind.
I am so glad that Jesus was willing to be my Lead Runner and to take the force of the strong winds upon Himself for me.
But now, 33 years later I have still been out in front of Jesus many times pushing into a gale force head wind. And it’s still hard running against the wind!
He allows us to feel the pressure of the contrary things that are like strong head winds –so we become strong in our trust in Him.
We learn that He leads –that He is the strong one and we are to follow. Not easy for men.
Even tonight- it’s 9pm WST here in Western Australia Friday night….even tonight I was beginning to sense the enemy attacking me and the oppression that God allows me to sense became quite strong.
I was thinking  like—
“Oh the enemy is back at it again!!? I am tired of this! Somehow I’ll have to push this away but I am so tired of this–he just keeps coming back again and again!!”
So realising I was tired, I was pacing back and forth in our living room, I said
“Lord You said “Submit  yourselves to God and resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” “
So I continued–
“And the best way I know how to submit to You Lord is to agree with You.”
So Lord I began….
“I agree with you that I cannot fight the enemy. I cannot push him away. I cannot save anyone, I cannot help anyone. I cannot stop people doing what they choose to do. I cannot stop these witches from cursing me. I cannot save them, or save anyone else! I cannot make people believe or make them listen to me or to You. I cannot do anything Lord!! I can do nothing of myself. So I just want to admit that to you Father.”
Then all I sensed was the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. I did not say one thing to the enemy. I did not try to pray against him or to pray to God to do it either….I simply acknowledged that I CANNOT HANDLE RUNNING AGAINST THE WIND.
“God You are the One who takes the Lead and does EVERYTHING I need to do. Please Lead Lord…Please Lead Lord!!”
“And Lord be my shelter always! Be my hiding place and my strong tower always Lord!”

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