Spitting Against the Wind Makes for Messy Cleanup

By Patrick Hawthorne


Have you ever spit against the wind?  I did when I was much younger.  It was a dumb mistake and a valuable lesson all rolled up into one juicy face smearing.  As is the case with most lessons, more than one application will often apply.  For instance I have learned that, with God, some assignments are for now, while others may be for later.  And… to force something now that is meant for later is the equivalent of spitting against the wind.  What goes out will surely come back and you can be assured it will be a mess.

Here is a great example.  The Lord has been downloading within me lessons pertaining to the Jezebel Spirit.  All last week I tried to write on the subject.  But, no matter how hard I tried, I just could not put my thoughts into words; there was just no anointing from the Holy Spirit.  Finally my lightning fast brain caught on that the Lord did not want me to write on that subject at this particular moment.  Actually, what He wanted me to write on is just what you are reading right now.

Sometimes the Lord will give us something that is meant for us and not necessarily for others.  Do I believe the Lord will have me share a little of what He has been teaching me.  Absolutely! …But just not right now.

The Word tells us that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, (Isaiah 40:31).  When we wait, we gain much needed rest.  Waiting upon the Lord is a time of rest in Him.  If you feel like you are spinning your wheels for the Lord but going nowhere, my advice is to stop, pray, and see if the Lord wants you to take a momentary detour in your plans so that they line up with His plans for you.  Learn from me.  Spitting against the wind may seem smart at the moment but the end thereof produces nothing but a nasty mess.  Be blessed.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

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6 comments on “Spitting Against the Wind Makes for Messy Cleanup
  1. Amen, Patrick! I too have learned that sometimes the Lord is speaking directly to me and He wants me to process it. Sometimes He has a word just for me and sometimes He has one He wants me to share with others. I too have hit that wall when I get it wrong, that place where just nothing flows right. Spitting in the wind is a good way to put it.

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  2. Charles Earl Harrel says:

    Good word. Thank you!

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    God isn’t looking for a fight with us; if we seem like we are fighting, we aren’t listening! Good thoughts here, Patrick.


  4. Amen! I love this! And what a great verbal picture you paint! I won’t forget this analogy anytime soon. 🙂


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