“The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8
It was 2:03 a.m. I heard the clap of thunder, then saw the lightning flicker in the sky. I jumped out of bed and headed to the living room. I had left the front windows open, and I wanted to close things up before the rain fell.
That’s when I heard it.
It was slight at first, then picked up momentum. I pulled down the windows then quickly headed outside to the front lawn.
The wind was growing in intensity. It surrounded me from all directions, circling my body as I stood staring up at the night sky. A random fact floated through my brain: the strongest non-tornado or hurricane wind speed every recorded was 235 miles-per-hour. What was I experiencing? 35 miles-per-hour? 40? The power was intense.
And it was spiritual.
I watched trees bend, as if bowing to God. I watched leaves and debris circle the ground, then rise like prayers to heaven. I heard the rush fill the night sky, like collective voices signing praise.
I could not see the wind, only the results. I could not touch the wind, but I could feel it surround me. I could not explain its power, but I knew it was strong. I could feel God’s presence through the night air.
“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” -Acts 2:2
Every day, God is asking us to be the wind.
- Are you a gentle breeze ready to cool the heat of someone in pain?
- Are you an ocean gust that powers the sails across the ocean of life?
- Are you a gale force that strives for justice for our neighbors in need?
Our winds can be powerful and spiritual. Our winds can help us all bow down and praise God.
Our wind can truly influence the lives of others.
Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK