The winds in Glasgow, Scotland today have been particularly blustery, whipping flags and pushing pedestrians. While coming back from worship, suddenly a strong gust shot up the street stripping the hood of my jacket from my head and then just as abruptly turning around and tossing the hood back where it was!
In the afternoon, as I read a book I looked out a picture window standing before me. I watched the ever-changing blue-gray clouds of October danceacross the sky.
Jesus once said that the Holy Spirit is a lot like the wind. We can hear the sound of and even feel it. One moment it can buffer our progress, and the next moment it can push us forward as if to say, “Hurry! Onward!”
I think that deep down many of us don’t trust the Holy Spirit. We are afraid of it. We are afraid of it because it is so wild, untamable, and free. Yet, it calls to us throughout all of the seasons of life; in the cool winds of spring, the warm lazy winds of summer, the changing winds of fall and the frigid winds of winter.
If we can but go with this wind in all of our seasons, we can become a glimpse of grace.
Lord God, give me the courage to go where the wind of Your Spirit will lead me. Let me be not afraid. Amen.