This week I’ve been inspired by the warm summer breeze to write about the comparison between the wind and the Holy Spirit.
When you first think of wind it tends to have a bad connotation to it. It can be a powerful source and can do a lot of damage. Such destruction’s as hurricanes and tornado’s to name a couple. It is such a powerful source that man cannot control it; yet God controls it, channeling it in it’s invisibility, creating a beautiful symbol of the Holy Spirit. I’ve come to a place where I have found such a peace and presence of God in the midst of wind. I find it a beautiful picture of God and His Spirit that surrounds me that even when I can’t see it, I can feel it and know it’s there.
I’m so in awe of God’s precise use of words found in His Word, and the word he uses for wind I find so cool. In Hebrew the word Rauch has the meaning of breath, wind and spirit or soul. God’s Rauch is typically linked with His artistic power. An example would be when Nicodemus the Pharisee came to Jesus in the night and asked Him a question. Nicodemus asked, ” How can someone be born when they are old? “ And Jesus replied to him “ Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit, gives birth to spirit.” Jesus then goes on to compare the Holy Spirit with the wind. “ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” I found it interesting that both words “wind” and “Spirit” in this passage are the same: Pneuma the Greek word and the Hebrew word Rauch.
Let’s look at some of the contrasting properties of wind.
- Wind is air that is moving and is needed for life . Seeds require the wind to be dispersed and grow. Same is with the Holy Spirit as it is the presence of God and is the source for life. Just as the wind may take a seed, blowing it wherever it pleases so the Holy Spirit is working in each of our lives moving and taking us where He wants us to be.
- Wind has no shape or form. It’s an invisible source we cannot see it or it’s destination. It is a mysterious force that is unseen yet we are made known of it’s presence by the way it effects us. So the same is with the unseen Holy Spirit, we are aware of it’s presence by the work He does in our lives as it transforms, edifies,, sanctifies and teaches us. Just as we can hear the wind blowing so to we can hear the still small voice of God leading and directing us where to go.
- Just as the wind is so powerful it cannot be controlled by man, so the Holy Spirit is not subject to man’s control. The Holt Spirit is the hand of God at work.
As I said, I’ve come to love and appreciate the wind and what it represents. That when I feel the refreshing breeze against my face and surround me, I know the Lord is there. It’s His way of speaking to me, telling me to trust in Him and rest in His presence. I can remember a time a few months ago I was outside enjoying the beautiful evening weather when a gust of wind showed up and I got inspiration to write down in my journal, and I think what I wrote then pretty much sums this up nicely.
“Today I whispered a thank you to my heavenly Father. For it is He who created the sky, the trees and moon and stars equally as perfect and for our delight. I breathe in the air He called into existence and when I feel the wind through my hair and surround my being, I am reminded that He is with me, surrounding me, and this is how I know the weight of the world doesn’t know how to find me abandoned.”
How are you letting the Holy Spirit blow into your life today? Just as the wind moves and blows, listen for the Spirit moving and guiding you into new opportunities. Be still and know that He is Lord, rest in His presence and find the peace in the wind.
“God is like the wind. We can’t see Him, but we know He’s there.”