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Topic: Breathe (08/19/10)
TITLE: Wind of the Spirit
By Maria Egilsson
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Sometimes the Spirit of God will move in the same way. His gentle Presence blows a sense of freshness into our lives and circumstances. Warm and gentle currents bring peace to a tired soul. In stormy seasons gale force winds whip up dust and debris sending our life into momentary confusion. We cannot see the path before our feet so we learn to walk in faith, trusting the One who holds our life in His hands.
The wind of the Spirit is governed by His sovereign will and He alone knows the seasons of our life in which He will breathe on us. Winter winds bend us as we are thrashed about until we stand like a tree with naked branches and no outward adornment. We have nothing to cover our shame and pretence. His penetrating wind has stripped us of any beauty that we thought we had. In this bare and barren place our roots go deeper into Him as we realize without Him we are nothing.
We look to see where the Spirit is but no movement gives away His working. No-one can join us in this solitary place, it is for us alone. This silent place holds no comfort. This dry desert offers us no drink and our thirst is so great. Our roots search for Him because only He has living water which can quench our thirst.
With sacrifice of praise we stretch our branches up into the heaven as our roots keep us firmly anchored. A stir is felt as God begins to breathe new life into bone-dry branches. The wind unleashes its healing power and brings waves of water gushing into this desert place.
The desert blooms with a rare beauty. A once stark and barren tree majestically bends its leaf- laden branches giving shade to weary travelers. Roots drink thirstily from underground springs of living water. The tree bears fruit in its season.
The wind of the Spirit blows where it will. It never is still.
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