John 3:8 (NLT) Jesus replied, “…The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
I live in a semi-rural part of West Fife. About a five-minute walk away there is a vantage point from where, across arable and dairy farm land, I can see the steam, flares and smoke of the Grangemouth industrial complex to the South-West, the Fintry hills to the West, the Ochils to the North, and the suburbia of Dunfermline and a West-Fife village or two to the East. A landscape of contrasts. But there are two fairly new additions to the landscape – wind turbines. Blades lazily winding around, generating power for our homes and businesses. But wind power harnessed in this way is nothing new; windmills have been a feature of previous landscapes and generations, wind power forcing millstones around to grind corn. Apparently, the words ‘Spirit’ and ‘wind’ in our text today, and in the original Greek, can mean much the same thing. So, the same way as we know little about the origins of the gust that we just heard whistling around the corner of the house, we know little about how God will birth His Spirit into our lives and circumstances. But we must be ready to harness the power of the Spirit, setting the blades of our spiritual windmills to maximise the power of His presence in our lives, and the lives of those around us. Where will the wind of the Spirit blow you, and into you, this week?