A week when frost and rain have alternated daily the only constant has been a gale-force wind. This irritant reminded me of just how much a force we can neither see, smell nor touch can influence our lives. As with other great forces; Christianity, love, hate jealousy etc., while invisible in themselves they are only too visible in their effects.
Looking at a very new baby, how often have you heard, "Oh look, he's smiling" "No it's just wind"
"Can't eat that, it gives me wind!"
Leaves swirling in an Autumn gale like a russet dervish.
Wind singing in the trees or more devastatingly, mowing them down with effortless ease.
Wind in a conche shell sounding like the trumpets of doom
Wind sending skittish cats chasing their tails in lunatic circles.
Artfully removing roof-tiles from strategic places so that just the right amount of rain will drip through.
Stretching the fluffy white clouds into long thin strips against a dark blue background, and changeing the faces in the passing clouds from skeletal hollow-eyed horrors into beatific bearded old men.
Drying billowing lines of washing far too quickly, for the ironer to keep up. and tearing cherished balloons from the star-fish fingers of wailing infants.
Drying the ripened corn ready for the farmers' next move.
Providing just the right thermals for birds, paragliders, hot-air balloonists and other airborne creatures to sustain their flights.
All these, and a million other "gifts" provided by an intangible invisible force reinforces belief in the Supreme Creator.
One last thought. Where does the wind go on a still day?