By Peggy Lively

One day I was walking along the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas and it was extremely windy. My hair was continually blowing in my face, and I could feel the wind’s resistance against my body as I walked. Not only did I feel the effects of the wind, but I could also see how it affected the water in the river. When the wind blew, it would push a line of ripples directly across the river. And with each gust of wind, a new group of ripples raced across the surface of the water. It was so smooth and beautiful. It looked as if some unseen hand was creating them and giving them their direction. It is truly a natural wonder to see and feel the effects of the wind, but not be able to see the wind itself.

It is the same way with the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual wonder to see and feel the effects of the Spirit in our lives and around us, but not be able to see the Spirit himself. The term ‘spirit’ translates Hebrew (ruach) and Greek (pneuma) words denoting ‘wind,’ ‘breath,’ and, by extension, a life-giving element. With the adjective ‘holy,’ the reference is to the divine spirit, i.e., the Spirit of God. [1][1]

The Holy Spirit is compared many times in scripture to the presence and power of the wind. On the day of Pentecost, “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:2, 4) Jesus also explained to Nicodemus that, “The wind blows where 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) We cannot explain how someone is “born of the Spirit” or led by the Spirit, but we can see the evidence of the Spirit in a changed heart and a transformed life.

One of the ways we see the effects of the Spirit is by the fruit of the Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23) These fruit are the evidence that the Spirit is present and active in our lives. By them, we become a “breath of fresh air,” a gentle brushing of the Spirit.

So be reminded today that the Holy Spirit is alive and active in us. Let us not quench or grieve His Spirit (Ephesians 4:30, I Thessalonians 5:19), but let us live by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) And when you feel the wind blowing on your face, and you see the trees swaying in the wind, thank God for His presence. Thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit whom He has given us.

[1][1]Achtemeier, Paul J. ; Harper & Row, Publishers ; Society of Biblical Literature: Harper’s Bible Dictionary. 1st ed. San Francisco : Harper & Row, 1985, S. 401



One Response to “He is the Wind”

  1. Nikki Says:

    Our son was just asking us about the Holy Spirit and can we see it – feel it – know it is there, etc. The wind (as you have described here and as you quoted from the Bible) is such a great analogy for this. I sometimes think the Lord has given us these analogies to help us, let alone little children, understand these things. We should all be so encouraged — and like you said, THANKFUL! Thank you for posting this, Peggy, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

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