I was sitting in my yard early this morning seeking a cool breeze because we are having issues with our air conditioner and I was reminded of a word I received a couple of months ago, “Pay attention to the wind, even small breezes.”
At the end of 2011, I dreamed I was in a cave and as I stepped out of the cave and into the opening a gentle breeze was blowing; God was awakening something…in me and in my life.
In the Bible there are a number of symbols of the Holy Spirit – river, rain, dew, fire, oil, wine, a seal, a dove and the wind, to name a few. Each symbol emphasizes some specific phase or element of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. I believe the Lord is looking to teach me how to be sensitive and discern the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Many years ago when Dale Earnhardt, the famous NASCAR driver, was still alive, he was known for his skill on super speedways like Daytona and Talladega. Dale wore an open face helmet so he could sense what the wind was doing. That was one of his secrets to success on those tracks. Pro golfers will pick up little pieces of grass and throw them into the air looking for what the wind is doing before they make their shots.
In the natural, winds are created when a high pressure goes into a low pressure. That speaks volumes spiritually. Humility is the key to experiencing the wind of the Spirit – get low and the wind will blow.
It is interesting that the first mention of the Holy Spirit is right at creation; a gentle breeze was blowing (Gen. 1:2). That is so important; gentle winds have huge impacts.
The second mention of the Holy Spirit was when God breathed into man, breathing His life into him and creating our spirit (Gen. 2:7). Winds speak of the life giving power of the Spirit.
One of the ways God speaks with us is in the wind (Heb. 1:7). In 1 Kings 19:13-18, He spoke to Elijah in a gentle breeze. We should be careful to not be so focused on the spectacular and miss the voice of the Lord in the gentle breeze that is currently blowing.
Perhaps the most famous wind of all happened in Acts 2:2. “And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
I was reading this on the porch as I sat waiting on that breeze. I often find myself praying to have that separated fire that came with that violent wind come and rest on me. If they could see it, I want to see it. Though I know I have been baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues I still want to experience the full of what these early disciples experienced and so knew. I want that kind of boldness to preach and I want to do the greater works of the Lord that they did…following that wind.
On this hot morning, I need a breeze – a wind – in the natural and the spiritual. The church was born in the wind and we are sons and daughters of the wind (John 3:8). No matter how violent; no matter how gentle – come now wind of the Holy Spirit!