The Windier City By Jo Russell

Ever since an 1858 Chicago Tribune article, that Midwest metropolis has been tagged “the windy city.” I would challenge Chicago to a dual of wind speed instruments here in rural hilly northeast Arizona. The scientific instruments look like spinning one-cup measures. It would be no contest because the average annual wind speed of Chicago is a mere 10.3 mph. To be fair, the contest would not just be measured in instruments, but in garden flags fresh out of the package that last fifteen seconds flat and the number of patients at the doctor’s office imprinted from the frame of the post office door front and back.

Around the city of Chicago, how many windmills are doubled over from arm to arm combat with the wind? How many leg injuries in that city come from forcing open a car door against a playful gust?

An old-timer here in northeast Arizona held on to his baseball cap and mentioned, “It starts blowing around February and it sometimes is still gusting in July. September is usually nice, though. So we call the four seasons summer, fall, winter, and wind!”

Though I am a generous person, I clipped my flowers early in the morning and shut off the sprinklers so that the three towns north of us would find their own potpourri and water, not mine.

During high winds and sea during a frightening storm aboard a small boat, Jesus’ disciples had awakened him, terrified the boat would sink. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind with these words, “Quiet! Be still!” [Mark 4:39 NIV] Instantly, because of Jesus’ command and power as the son of God, everything was calm.

Oh, how I wish He would calm it down here for a day!

While the windows rattle as if someone were thumping on them, the wind has playfully lifted one of my earrings that was not padlocked on. Two sticky reminder notes on the dash just lifted off for Albuquerque, 400 miles away. At this speed, they’ll make it before lunch. Can you beat that, Chicago?

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing 2011. For more chuckles, keep checking  her weekly blog on Button-to-God.com and enjoy her book.]

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