This is a preview to the Foreword from the book THE WIND CHIMES OF LIFE by D A Mc Bride.
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The wind’s mood ranges from a breeze to a hurricane with numerous levels of intensity in between. The sound of the wind chime reflects the spirit of its source, the wind, and it always plays in the present moment, never revealing the sounds of tomorrow. Sometimes loud, sometimes soft, other times menacing, sometimes just silent, the tune of the chime depends on the mood of the wind blowing or not blowing, because wind chime and wind share the same atmosphere. The union of the two is usually enchanting and soothing, but it can be a disturbing and annoying consequence of an agitated gust. The wind chime, as beautiful and appealing to
the eye as it may be, is not complete; so it waits patiently for its connector, the wind, because it cannot move alone. It is lifeless in its own existence; it cannot reach its full potential
by standing still.
Though everyone will not see the wind chime, its relationship with the wind affords pleasure to many who hear its beauty as its sounds react to the wind. When it becomes a part of the surroundings, it shares its gift of song not only with the wind but also with everyone who is in its circle of influence; so it too touches others and causes them to react.
When the wind chime fully engages with the wind, as it is designed to do, it will change as time goes by. No longer shiny and new, it begins to look worn, a little warped, maybe a little faded, and even missing some of its integral parts. It is no longer the eye candy that it was before the wind, the seasonal changes, and the other factors that affected it. Nonetheless, it still has the wherewithal to move whichever way the wind blows. Its musical sound is now tempered with
the sound of wear and tear. No doubt, as it survives the many moods of the wind, it reflects mature emotions and memories that invoke tears, joy, serenity, and a sense of life that
is reminiscent of belonging somewhere or to someone. It is still melodious to the untrained ear. Its sound may not be the same tingling, gleeful, sharp sound of youthful newness, but
regardless of the visible appearance, it can still conjure an influx of emotions, all at the bidding of the wind. Pretty is okay, but a wind chime’s true value shines if it is in the right place and ready when the wind comes to share its space. But then, inevitably, it has to be restored, replaced, or simply retired.
Life for us is similar to a wind chime that depends on the wind to coax it to fulfill its purpose and realize its potential. As we participate in life, it invades our space and carries us through a multitude of emotions, causing us to sing, cry, love, and hurt, and the emotional roller coaster can seem endless. We respond to life like the wind chime responds to the wind. Life has many moods, too. It can feel light and breezy when everything is going well, but life has a way of changing directions suddenly, subtly taking us on a tailspin journey, and sometimes causing us to feel overwhelmed, misplaced, misunderstood, unloved, lonely, old, or lifeless. Unlike the
wind chime, we can actively seek GOD, our true Source, the One who never changes and who is ever present regardless of where we are. GOD is always available to help us survive life’s journey when we surrender our spirits to Him. Life, too, produces different moods through our actions,
reactions, or lack thereof. Life experiences reflect what we choose to collect and not let go, as well as the consequences of the choices we make. Life is sharing life, as love flows from heart to heart.
The Wind Chimes of Life is about responding to life and sharing the sounds of love, sorrow, joy, pain, or anger with no regrets to numb or stunt our life journeys. The Wind Chimes of Life is about living life with every breath you take and being in the moment here and now, for tomorrow is not promised. The Wind Chimes of Life is about living life, learning from life, enduring hard times while looking forward to better ones, remembering the good times and not dwelling
on the bad, sharing life, saying goodbye, praying, hoping, dreaming, and sharing love, joy, sadness, and pain. We must stay connected to our Source, Jesus Christ, by responding to
His bidding and listening intently for the melody of obedience as it serenades us in the vibrations of life. When we fulfill our divine purpose with all of the potential for which GOD, the Potter, our Creator, uniquely designed us for and in the place He destined us to be, then we can ride the wind
of faith all the way home, and be happy!
LIFE LESSONS 101: Folk Wisdom Sayings, Quotes and Common Sense
In the wind there is a Force that must be recognized and responded to with respect.
Attempting to live life without GOD is akin to trying to control the wind, it is futile.
Joy is found in simplicity; comfort is finding beauty in the tattered, and peace is accepting imperfections every day without complaining constantly.
Life and wind are made worst by the storms; only GOD can calm all three.
SPIRITUAL END ZONE: GOD’s WORD
Job 38:1 “Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind.”
Psalm 77:18 (MSG) “From Whirlwind came your thundering voice, lightning exposed the world, earth reeled and rocked.”
Psalm 78:26 (HCSB) “He made the east wind blow in the skies and drove the south wind by His might.”
Psalm 104:3-4 (NCV) “You build your room above the clouds. You make the clouds your chariot, and you ride on the wings of the wind. You make the winds your messengers.”
Proverbs 30:3-4 “I cannot understand man, let alone God. Who else but God goes back and forth to heaven? Who else holds the wind in his fists, and wraps up the ocean in his cloak? Who but God has created the world? If there is any other, what is his name – and his Son’s name – if you know it?”
Ecclesiastes 8:8a (MSG) “No one can control the wind or lock it in a box.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5 “God’s ways are as mysterious as the pathway of the wind, and as the manner in which a human spirit is infused into the little body of a baby while it is yet in its mother’s womb.”
Jeremiah 10:13c (HCSB) “He makes lightning for the rain and brings out the wind from His storehouses.”
Jonah 1:4 (HCSB) “Then the LORD hurled a violent wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart.”
Matthew 8:27 (NKJV) “So the men marveled, saying, ‘Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’”
Mark 4:37 (NCV) “A very strong wind came upon the lake. The waves came over the sides and into the boat so that it was already full of water.”
John 3:8 (NKJV) “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Acts 2:2 (NKJV) “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.”
James 1:6 (NIV) “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
Revelation 2:10c-11a (MSG) “Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing.
I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you. Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”
Revelation 7:1-3 (MSG) “Immediately I saw Four Angels standing at the four corners of earth, standing steady with a firm grip on the four winds so no wind would blow on earth or sea, not even rustle a tree. Then I saw another Angel rising from where the sun rose, carrying the seal of the Living God. He thundered to the Four Angels assigned the task of hurting earth and sea, ‘Don’t hurt the earth! Don’t hurt the sea! Don’t so much as hurt a tree until I’ve sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads!’”