The Wind did it
Terry Dashner………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
You can’t find wind, but wind will find you and envelope you. Why is this true? Do you remember these words? “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” Wind just happens or does it?
As you know, I have utmost respect for Dr. D. James Kennedy. He has written another wonderful book entitled, What if America were a Christian Nation Again? (Thomas Nelson Publishers: Nashville, TN 2003). In his book, Dr. Kennedy speaks of Sovereignty of God, especially as it relates to discovery and progress of America. What really strikes me about Almighty is His wind.
God directs wind at His command. For example, Columbus’s ship was moved along by a mysterious wind. Says Dr. Kennedy, “Columbus’s ship, historians tell us, was headed directly toward Carolinas. But during long voyage, frightened, restless crew threatened mutiny. They planned to throw admiral overboard and return to Europe. Suddenly, cry went up that land had been sighted to southeast. Columbus’s log tells us that they headed toward that land, but what they had seen was merely a cloud on horizon. Still mutiny was averted.
“Several days later, however, men were once again ready to overthrow admiral. Oddly enough, a flock of birds flew over ship, heading southwest. A second correction was made, which diverted ship from heading toward north Florida; thus, Columbus landed at San Salvador” (page 12). What if birds had not appeared on “wings of wind”? For one, Americans would be speaking Spanish instead of English. And English Protestants never would have established a foothold on eastern seaboard.
God directs wind. For example, 32 years before Pilgrims sailed to America Spanish tried to conquer Great Britain, which would have changed course of human history. At time, Spain ruled seas but was being blighted by Englishmen like Sir Francis Drake. Spain sent out “Invincible Armada,” to crush English once and for all. Not far from Lisbon, winds blew up a storm and destroyed many Spanish ships. This leveled playing field—or should I say battle field. Once Spanish were routed by smaller, but faster sailing ships of British, England ruled seas and began to colonize a new world. Once again, wind, directed course of modern history.
God directs wind. For example, winds kept French at bay in America. Says Dr. Kennedy, “In 1606, fourteen years before Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, French made an effort to colonize New England. Under leadership of Pierre DeMonts, they made three attempts. On first two, their ships were driven from coasts by strong winds, while on third attempt, ships were destroyed on treacherous shoal of Cape Cod, and DeMonts was killed.” Dr Kennedy continues, “In 1746, French swept down from Nova Scotia under leadership of Duke D’ Anville, with forty men-of-war and thousands of French troops, determined to completely wipe out English colonists and make New England a French possession.