Wishing I was the wind

Remember back in 1956 the song “The Wayward Wind?” I loved that song! Okay, so some of you weren’t even born at that time and I’m aging myself. But that’s okay.


I remember sitting on the school bus, alone on the leather seat, looking out the window, and feeling totally alone. The words of the song would play through my mind and oh how I wished I could be that wind. How I wished I could just blow across the land and not have to encounter the abuse at home. As the wind, I could go wherever I wanted. I could be strong, so strong I could blow over houses or gently tilt a flower low to the ground. As the wind I would have the power to move mountains or ripple a stream.

I wasn’t living next to railroad tracts, as depicted in the song. I wasn’t grieving the loss of a lost lover. I was grieving a lost childhood. I was grieving the lack of love from a dysfunctional family. “Raise a child in the ways it is to go” wasn’t even thought about. I was being taught all the wrong things about who I was and who I would be. I was taught guilt, shame, anger, frustration, and filled with emptiness. I was taught what I was worth – nothing!

Sadly many people’s perception of their self worth derives from many different circumstances, people, society, families, jobs, how many friends we have/don’t have, etc. For me, actions speak louder than words. Don’t tell me you love me while choking me or punching me. Someone’s actions can relay a message of worth. We all know “that look” from Mom, Dad, husband, or wife.

If we claim our worth by how much money we have/ don’t have, our position at work/ executive or janitor, our weight/ to fat or to skinny, race, beautiful or ugly, harsh words or negative actions, or status in life we are being deceived. Magazines and T.V. commercials all have a message that we’re not good enough.

I remember when I confronted my Dad about the years of abuse, I’ll never forget his words. “You were my tool.” I don’t think anything he could have ever said that could have hurt more. You see he was a diesel mechanic. He had hundreds of tools. All shapes, all sizes. All had a specific purpose. They were placed in a big bright red tool box, inanimate objects that he used and put aside until needed the next time. Their only value was deemed in what they could be used for.

“You were my tool.” Little did I know that perceived self worth was established way back in the early years of my childhood. In my case it was, “Your good for only one thing.”

It was when I became a child of God that I learned God saw me worth more than a ten dollar screw driver or a fifteen dollar pair of pliers. He saw me as more than a vessel for sex or a punching bag. I was so valuable, “more than silver or gold,” that He adopted me as His daughter! His Son died on the cross that I might have life more abundant, forgiveness of my sins, and that I could spend eternity with Him.

My Dad saw me as a tool, to be used and thrown to the side until needed at another time. God saw me as a precious child who needed a Father. imagesCA7OM3L4

I was received and valued by Christ “…with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1Peter 1:19

Our worth does not come from others, positions, status, or world worth. Our worth is based upon what God created. If He didn’t think we were worth creating He would not have created us! He would not have come to earth as a man, Jesus, to save us from an eternity in hell. He would not seek us out as a lost sheep and carry us back into the fold to love and protect us.

If you had been the only human being on the face of the earth He still would have gone to the cross for you. That’s how valuable you are to Him!

Don’t sell yourself short of how valuable you are. Your alcoholic mother, drug buddies, abusive father, parent that abandoned you did not determine your worth! God and God alone is the only one who determines our value. God see’s you valuable enough to die for you and adopt you as His child. “For you are all sons (daughters) of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:26


“And because you are sons, (daughters) God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Gal. 4:6-7

 * note: I added (daughters) so no-one feels left out.


Blessings to you.


10 thoughts on “Wishing I was the wind

  1. Oh, Sue I both hurt for you and rejoice that God plucked you from your old identity and convinced you of the truth. You are precious! What a horrific thing to experience and hear. You truly are “beauty from ashes.” Thanks for your honesty and praise.


  2. We are a new creation but it sure takes a lot of work by renewing our minds! God has done a wonder in me and it wasn’t easy. I give Him all the glory. I was thinking of some of your ladies in your group when writing that. My prayer is that it will help others to see Who truly values them.


  3. You are more precious than gold. Isaiah 13:12.
    You are so beautiful and precious a Princess of the the most high God.
    Blessings follow you and overtake you today and ALL the days of your life.
    You are strong, courageous, a mighty woman of God.


  4. Great words Sue. I look back and some of the poor parenting I received, and some abuse as well, perhaps made me into a better parent and grandparent. I wanted to change the mold and it has worked out well. Thanks 🙂


    • The Lord will use our pain to help others and that includes stopping the cycle and being better than what we were wrongly taught. By His stripes we are healed. Glory be to God. Thank you for your kind words.


  5. Understanding who you are in Christ is so important. It think it’s a vital message that’s been overlooked by the church today. I only starting learning about my identity as God’s child a couple of years ago when I read a book that changed my life. Ever since then, God has been working in my heart to show me who I am to Him and nothing has been the same since! Thank you so much for sharing this powerful testimony! It’s a message that I believe everyone needs to hear.


    • Thank you Leah. It’s very encouraging to know there are those who need to hear what I’ve said and experienced. My prayer is that it will help others because it is vital that we know who we are in Christ. Your life won’t be the same, it’s better! 🙂


  6. Deeply moving, Sue. ❤


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