The meteorologist on one of the national weather stations stood with his legs bracing himself against the pounding wind. Category 1 Hurricane Isaias was coming ashore, and the meteorologist showed the fierce winds that constantly came at him. For over an hour this man stood while the wind kept coming and coming. The wind blew the man’s hood off his head and sometimes sent him to his knees to keep from blowing his body away. The wind picked up the sand from the nearby beach and blew the sand into the man’s eyes and face like sandpaper. After an hour of fighting against this endless wind and describing its persistence, the meteorologist called out, “This wind is relentless!”
That moment is now a picture in my mind of what it means to be relentless. Keeping at it. Never stopping. Not letting up. Maybe these phrases were on the mind of the writer of Hebrews as he wrote, “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Heb. 10:39 NIV).
As we begin the new WMU emphasis, Relentless, think about this word in relationship to your faith in Christ. Begin by using Relentless: The Path to Holding On, by Taylor Field, to take a fresh look at people in the Bible who showed relentless characteristics such as faithfulness, grit, and perseverance. Ask God to strengthen you in living out your faith in Him.
Pray: Dear God, Thank You for Your relentless love for me in giving Your Son, Jesus. Help me to continue trusting in You as I live out my faith each day. Strengthen me that I would relentlessly give myself to live for You. Amen.
By Joye Smith, national WMU Preschool Consultant