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A Ride Worth Leaving: Escaping the Anxiety of the Modern Church

September 7th, 2022 | 13 min read

By Simon Stokes

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

—Ecclesiastes 1:9

Imagine a windmill with its blade turning in the breeze. The blade of the windmill can turn quickly or slowly, but the apparatus is attached to a spoke that is driven into the ground. As it spins the blade never actually goes anywhere other than around the spoke, no matter how fast the wind blows. Now imagine that you were as small as an ant, and that somehow you had climbed upon one of the blades of the windmill while it was motionless. However, by some misfortune the wind has begun to blow, turning the mill. From your perspective the blade of the windmill is moving with blazing speed. As you struggle to hang on, everything is changing so quickly that you’re disoriented, unable to discern what is up or down. All you can do is cling tightly as everything rushes by in a blur. “I must be going somewhere very quickly!”, you exclaim to yourself.

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