Trinity Sunday June 3, 2012
Where does wind come from? As a former meteorologist, I get asked many questions about the weather. How much snow are we going to get? Is it going to rain? Will the weather really be that bad tomorrow? But there is one question that is always a struggle for me to answer: Where does wind come from? I could tell you that wind is the direct result of air molecules in motion and a byproduct of pressure gradients in the atmosphere, but that still doesn’t answer the question for most of us. Even Jesus acknowledged our question about wind in his conversation with Nicodemus: “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
I have always thought of the Holy Spirit as the wind in our spiritual lives. Wind, as it pertains to weather, moves air around. It can take stale, stagnant air and mix it up with fresh air to create a more pleasant experience. Wind also ushers in changes to the overall weather pattern. So it’s not too much of a stretch to take these physical attributes of wind and apply them to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can take us from a stale, stagnant place in our lives and move us to a better place. The Holy Spirit ushers in change for us.
It is the Spirit of God that moves in and through us that gives us the strength, wisdom, and courage to do what Jesus calls us to do. When you feel the wind on your face, remember, it could be the Holy Spirit moving and directing you.