It’s 4:13 PM. The wind is calm. Calm would describe the wind speed since sunrise. Today has been still.
A calm day does something positive to the human spirit. A tranquil sunshine filled day produces optimism. There is a sense that everything is right at least in your part of the world. Happiness is a bi-product of a calm day too. Troubles fade. The difficulties of life are washed away by bright sunshine. Peace descends upon your heart. Stress from a thousand things slips away in the quiet. All of this happens, but only if you are outside.
Analyze a calm sun filled day, or a calm peace filled sunset. The absence of wind calms the human spirit. On a calm day our emotions settle. What makes a calm day? The absence of wind. Wind circulation occurs in two specific types, there are general and secondary winds. General winds occur over all the earth. They are the prevailing winds. There are two belts of them at 30 degrees north and south latitude. We call them trade winds. Secondary winds form within general circulation. Air or wind flows into areas of low pressure and away from areas of high pressure.
We know the science. We know why winds form and how. But, no human can control the wind. We have tried and continue to attempt to control the wind and ultimately the weather. The bare truth is we cannot.
We can simplify this discussion. Where does wind come from? God directs the wind. The Psalmist, said, “He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.” Psalm 135:7
There are days when God keeps his winds in his storehouses. He calms nature and then he calms us. I think God sends calm days to get our attention. Psalm 46:10 reminds us to “be still.” One of my favorite reminders from God is “be still.” A paraphrase of the Bible, the Message, expresses “be still” this way, “Attention, all! …See the marvels of God! “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” (Psalm 46:8-10)
A calm day, a cattle-filled sunrise, a quiet moon permeated sunset, these are the tranquil times outside. Especially during these times God calls us to be still. Step out of the traffic from time to time. Set aside your work, your sports, your recreation, your desire for things. Look long at God who loves you. You will find him holding out his hands, his eyes calling you to come into his love. Be still.