by Delores Topliff
The North Wind boasted of his great strength. The Sun argued that he had greater power. Far below, a man wearing a warm winter coat traveled a winding road.
"Let’s have a contest," said the Sun. "To test our strength, "let’s see which of us can make
that man remove his coat."
"That's simple," bragged the Wind. He blew as hard as he could, but the harder he blew,
the tighter the shivering man clung to his coat.
Then, the Sun came out from behind a cloud and warmed the entire world until the man
unbuttoned his coat. The sun kept shining brighter and brighter until the man felt so hot,
he took off his coat.
My grandchildren love that tale. They used to complain if I changed a single word, but
I’ve taught them to compose variations on that theme and retell their versions. Though
we know where the story’s going, we all enjoy its new details every time. Timeless wisdom suits
Faith and Fiction.
In a parallel as powerful as sunshine, Romans 8:35 asks, “"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" --incidents as chilling as cold wind and hot sun. No!
Yet too easy a life can be the separator. Romanian pastor, Nicky Popp, reports his people grew strong during communist persecutions, often miraculously surviving events that should have caused certain death. But after arriving in the U.S. as refugees, they lost some members to prosperity. “Persecution made us strong,” he says. “Easy living ruined many of our people.”
In faith and fiction, adversity faced and conquered makes us lean more on God--and deepens our characters. What about you? Do you prefer wind or sun? Why?