I was sitting on my front porch this week, enjoying one of those windy days we’ve had lately - one of those “breezy, blustery” days, as Winnie the Pooh calls them. As I watched the tops of the trees bend and sway , I thought how like a dance the movement seemed, the tempo changing in response to the force of the wind. “The trees of the field will clap their hands!” I sang a few lines of the song while I watched the dance.
Broken limbs, leaves and other debris were blown out of the trees and around the yard. “How powerful the wind is!” I thought. “I can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but I can feel it and I can hear it moving through the trees, and I can see what it does.” Jesus told Nicodemus something like that when Nick came to see Jesus one night. He said,
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know
where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
John 3:8 (NASB).
Throughout the Bible, wind is shown as a powerful, awesome force of God. In many instances it was used for judgment, but also to accomplish God’s work in behalf of His people. According to my concordance, the word used for “wind” in most cases is the same one translated “spirit“ or “breath.” Jesus was comparing the Holy Spirit to the wind in this verse.
Sometimes we experience the wind as a ferocious hurricane that leaves nothing in its path unchanged - whole cities are destroyed which have to be rebuilt. So it is with the Spirit. His work in people makes them “brand new”, families once torn apart are knit together again; whole communities are revived. Sometimes the wind is a gentle breeze on our ear; sometimes the Spirit speaks in a “still, small voice” to the ear of our hearts a unique message, just for us. In every situation, the Spirit decides what message He will speak to whom, and when, where and how he will speak.
Wind is air in motion, energy. It exerts force against objects and moves them. I want to be sensitive to the voice of the Spirit, available to be energized by Him to do His work. How about you?