High winds tore through here recently. Not for the first time this spring, and perhaps not for the last. The earlier winds took most of the heavy branches down already, so these were left with smaller bits of tree and leaf to deposit on the roads and bike paths.
As I drove to the gym in the dark, I could see the swaying trees and hear the wind whistling through the branches. Then I turned down one street and heard popcorn.
That percussive rat-a-tat-tat of popcorn popping in the microwave was all around. My headlights splayed across the road in front of me revealed not bags of corn ready to be zapped, but tiny twigs, thousands of them, all across the road for as far as I could see. My tires rolled over them, throwing them up to the undercarriage beneath my feet where they smacked and broke and … well, they popped.
The Effect of the Wind
Jesus tells us that the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is like wind:
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. (John 3:8.)
The very words in the Bible translated as “Spirit” remind us of the wind. The Hebrew word ruach (used in Psalm 51:11) is equivalent to our word wind, and the Greek word pneuma (see, for example, Matthew 1:18) is breath. So in English we translate these as “Spirit” when they are used in the Old and New Testaments in reference to God.
Even those who have spent decades studying God’s word, praying in fellowship with him, walking in ways that show God to others, find this to be a hard concept.
Can you see God, have you ever seen Him? I’ve never seen the wind. I’ve seen the effects of the wind, but I’ve never seen the wind. There’s a mystery to it. (Billy Graham.)
There’s a mystery to it. But mystery does not equal fallacy. There’s a mystery to many things we deal with, yet we deal with them just the same. Love, hate, laughter, tears – all of them are inexplicable. But we live our lives in ways that reflect the reality of them.
I’d like to live my life in a way that reflects the reality of God. I am glad that the Spirit of Christ lives that reality in me every moment and for eternity.