Though the CR-V does get great gas mileage for an SUV, it is still quite a bit shy of the Prius’s top number . . . until a few days ago.
I was driving south to Fresno and had a 25-30 mile an hour tailwind. Well, let me tell you. Those little green efficiency bars on my dashboard were lit up regardless of my speed, and when I went to check my fuel usage, Cecil (my CR-V) would have given Oscar (my former Prius) a run for his money. (Yes, I name my cars.)
While wind assistance can negate a sprinter’s record-breaking run, in almost all other areas having the wind assist you is a good thing. Sailboats rely on it, trees are strengthened by it, a golfer’s driving ego is increased because of it (perhaps not a good thing), and according to the website, Journey North: “The ability [for eagles] to soar high and far is absolutely dependent on the weather, particularly on the wind and the sun.”
While competitive sprinters must show what they can do under their own power, Christians are designed by God to need assistance––for two very important reasons. First, as He states in 2 Corinthians 12:9) His “power is made perfect in [our] weakness,” and second “so that no man can boast” that he earned or worked his way to salvation (Ephesians 2:9).
God’s “wind assists” can take on many different forms. It too can take the form of eagle’s wings (Isaiah 40:31), or it can be His grace (2 Corinthians 12:9). Sometimes He is our “refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1), and other times He is a “strong tower” (Proverbs 18:10). He can also be a “stronghold” (Nahum 1:7), a “hiding place” (Psalm 32:7), and a shield (Psalm 119:114).
So don’t be afraid to spread your wings and let God’s “wind” take you places you never thought you could go.