It’s a bit windy today, isn’t it? And because it’s coming in gusts you can never be certain which direction it’s going to come from next. It reminds me very much of my time as a Schoolteacher when I used to cycle ten miles or so each way to work from Whittlesey to Peterborough in the early 90s. Whichever direction I was going it always seemed to be into the wind – and sometimes that included the (locally) famous “Fen Blow” which on one rare occasion was behind me and made the journey home much faster than usual!
The wind can remind us that we’re alive, and refresh us as it “blows the cobwebs away”; it can remind us that life is a struggle as we try to walk into it; and that life can be joyful when it helps us along (especially on the golf course when the ball goes that much further). And the wind can, and should, remind us of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, our Enabler, our Empowerer and our Guide. Jesus says in John 3, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit”; and of course in Acts 2 the coming of the Holy Spirit is likened to, “A sound like the blowing of a violent wind (coming) from heaven and (filling) the whole house where they were sitting.” Is it stretching it too far to say that when we experience the wind (not that type!) that God might be trying to get our attention? And as the winds of change blow across the world in the wake of Covid 19, what is God saying to us about the important things in life – are we being challenged to reassess what really matters and get rid of the stuff that gets in the way?
The Hebrew word “Ruach” is used throughout the Old Testament to describe the wind, or breath, of God – could it be that God wants to breathe new life into you, and to me, our church, community, nation, even the whole world? Could it be that revival is on it’s way? Could it be that the return of Jesus is being signalled?
Isn’t it interesting what happens when you stop on a windy day and start to think about it?