DayBreaks for 2/12/18: The Spirit and the Wind
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:
John 3:8 (NIV) – 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.
Without a doubt, the aspect of the Trinity that we know the least about would be the Spirit. Even His name, “Spirit”, seems strange and mysterious to us compared to Father or Son. We long to lay our eyes upon the Father and upon the Son, but how often have you heard anyone say, “I can’t wait until I see the Spirit!”
As you probably know, the word for Spirit in Greek is pneuma. It’s translated as breath, wind, spirit. In John 3:8, it is the word that Jesus uses when speaking of the Holy Spirit. That just makes it all the more mysterious, don’t you think? You cannot see the wind itself, but you can see its effects. So it is with the Spirit. Jesus says the wind blows where it decides to go, and so does the Spirit. The wind can be gentle or powerful, so it is with the Spirit. It is interesting to me, that in Genesis 1:2, the Spirit of God is introduced, and as the KJV puts it, “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” – just like the wind that moves over land and sea.
I have been focusing a lot lately in my life on trying to see and perceive God more clearly though the things that He has created. Sometimes my eyes are covered and I struggle to see Him in things, but at others, I wonder if I sometimes go a bit too far with my perceptions. We live in a time when we have a scientific explanation for everything, where even the human genome has been fully mapped, where earthquakes are no longer believed to be an act of God (or the gods to the pagans), where eclipses are understood to be naturally occurring celestial events rather than a sign of displeasure from on high. Solomon said that “to everything there is a season” but modern man in all our supposed wisdom, says “To everything there is an explanation.” Something great has been lost, I fear. Mystery has been subsumed by the mundane and de-mystified.
Here’s my point: what if, just for sake of conjecture, we were to think of the breeze, the wind as being the Spirit passing by instead of being caused by competing areas of high and low pressure in the atmosphere? After all, the wind and Spirit are used interchangeably in some Biblical texts. Maybe it isn’t just the movement of air molecules that brushes your face when you step outside today – maybe it’s the breath of the Spirit, or the caress of His hand as the Spirit moves around you.
Would that not be a better way for us who are believers to think of the wind? While I’m not possessed of enough wisdom and insight to know whether or not it is true, Scripture says that the Lord will never leave us – and where the Lord is, the Spirit is. And if we were to start to think of the wind as the Spirit every time we sense the breeze, if we let it draw our thoughts to God would we not be better off than explaining it away as just the difference in atmospheric pressure?
PRAYER: Sometimes, Lord, we listen too much to science and not nearly enough to Your Spirit, that we confess is mysterious indeed to us. Teach us through the things that You’ve created, capture our imaginations and hearts anew with the awe and wonder we once knew as little children, and direct our thoughts toward You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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