Today I thought of a scripture in the Book of Mormon. It is the fatherly advice given by a concerned father to his two sons. They lived in a time when society chose to increasingly separate and distance themselves from the commandments of the Lord. His main advice can be summed up in one word: remember.
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).
I live in Wyoming so I can relate to mighty winds that blow. Strong gales can wreak havoc with no respect of structure, architecture, or edifice in its way. Actually, nothing is ever in the way of wind. A couple of common phrases in these parts are “It would be a nice day IF the wind wasn’t blowing” or “the temperature says it’s 32 but with the wind chill it’s probably only 10 degrees.”
So yes, I am familiar with wind. I know how sneaky it is. I know how spooky it can be. I know how it can actually be depressing to have a string of windy days. I also know how peaceful and calm it feels when it does stop blowing.
Basically, when you live here you know about firm foundations and strong roots. About securing your things that you leave outside because if you don’t, you won’t have them for long.
I found this video on the internet a while ago that shows the importance of firm foundations. If you’re not on solid ground who knows where the wind will take you?