The Day We Relinquish Chasing the Wind

It is better to be content with what little you have. Otherwise, you will always be struggling for more, and that is like chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6 NCV).

Have you ever watched anyone chase the wind? My guess would be no. Why would we do such a ridiculous thing as that? That is God’s point exactly. Living in a constant pattern of struggling for more, and comparing ourselves to others, is equally absurd from His perspective. (He tells us this in the most tender, gentle tones of love. How He longs to draw us with His kindness into a better way, the way of freedom!).

If we did decide to try to chase the wind, would we ever catch it? Of course not. What if we spend the rest of our lives trying to be more like “those” people? “Those” people who seem to be more successful, more attractive, more prosperous, more popular, more… you know it. There are endless amounts of words we could fill in the blank following that word “more…”

If we spend the rest of our lives striving for what “they” have, will we ever grab a hold of it? No. It won’t be any more successful of a chase than the hypothetical one after the wind. No matter how many promotions, there will always be a bunch of people with more money. No matter how many followers on social media, someone else will always have hundreds of thousands more. No matter how many compliments; how many pats on the back we receive, someone else will have the spotlight longer and more often. The chase will never satiate our longings. It will never grant us wellbeing.

So what if we decide, today, to give up the chase? What if we decide to let the wind blow where it will and stop going after it? What if we decide to be content with what we have and who we are?

What if we stop in our tracks, quiet our hearts, and learn to lean into the only approval that will ever slake our yearnings?

Shhh, listen… do you hear Him?

“You are my beloved child, in whom is all My delight.”

“I like you.”

“You are amazing. You are so important to Me.”

Just stay there, with that. Learn to just sit and drink in His approval of you. Make it a part of your every day. The more you do, the more you will discover that windchasing is losing its allure. What a relief, the day we give up that chase, surrender, and let ourselves down into the everlasting arms of unconditional Love!


Have you heard God speak to your heart of how He approves of you? Have you asked Him to?

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