On October 23, 2015, with sustained winds of 215 miles per hour, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, making landfall the following day on the western coast of northern, Mexico.
Patricia was a “Category 5” hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which measures a storm’s sustained winds. If the scale had envisioned a Patricia, that storm would have been a 7. In ranking storms, “sustained” is the operative word. Winds may gust, but in order to qualify for a Saffir-Simpson Category, the winds must be sustained.
People who have lived through major hurricanes describe the winds as unrelenting.
This is why a major hurricane is so impactful. Not because of wind gusts, but because of the unrelenting, sustained winds.
If you think about it, love is kind of like the wind. Just like you can’t see wind, you can’t see love. But just like you can see the impact and influence of wind with the bending of trees and floating of leaves, you can see the evidence of love. The impact. The influence.
What if our love could be sustained? What if our love could be unrelenting?
We tend to be good at gusts, but not as good at sustaining love. As I heard someone say this week, “While we may be good at starting love, we are often bad at finishing.” We give up far too easily.
What if our love could be sustained? What impact could that have in our marriages and influence with our kids? What if my love didn’t give up so easily?
What if my love were unrelenting?
After all, this is what we see in this next section of Ruth. Not just a gusty love, but a love that is steadfast. Sustained. Sacrificial. Unrelenting.