I was standing beside an empty field in the summer time, not too far from Paxico, Kansas. Suddenly the dust blew up in the formation of a tornado, but much smaller. I asked my grandpa what that was. He said, “That’s a dust devil. Watch out for those. They’ll take you up into the sky.” For a boy of about 10 this was a frightening prospect. I wasn’t ready to go up in the sky with God just yet.
As I read this week’s scripture about Elijah being taken up in the whirlwind, I think about that dust devil. Now that I am an adult, I know that God isn’t just simply up in the sky but is all around us. So why this story? The important part of this story is the change from Elijah to Elisha. Elijah goes away and Elisha carries on. God is constantly changing things. The same changeless God pushes constant change throughout the world. However, in the midst of this change God’s message remains the same. Our focus should be on the message, not the change. In that way, we can accomplish God’s will regardless of the ups and downs of life.
So the next time you feel that life is a whirlwind of change and you want it to stop – remember that God’s message is constant. Love one another.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!