The wind blows wherever 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 (NIV)
After our family lived in Hawaii for awhile, we became accustomed to two opposing wind patterns. Most common were the trade winds from the north and east that generate cooling breezes, acting like a natural air conditioner. Occasionally Kona winds from the south occur that bring remnants of the Kilauea active volcano in a form of volcanic fog (Vog). The air becomes hot and sticky with a plume of smoke winding up the island chain that saps the body’s strength.
So, too, is our spiritual strength depleted when our problems seem overwhelming. We may suffer the consequences of stress, racing thoughts with physical repercussions. Irritability and worry cause a cloud over our days as we cave in on ourselves, robbing our minds and bodies of fresh perspective and lightheartedness. Our relationships may be marred and our entire frame of reference becomes inward rather than outward in our relationships. A heavy fog that clouds our life descends, often causing sleepless nights and tiring days.
As the desired light and refreshing trade winds that blow across the islands bring joy to all those there, so likewise does the Spirit flow from His heavenly source. He brings life and beauty of God’s presence to hurting, restless hearts and minds suffering under the repressive forces of darkness. The Holy Spirit calms our minds and bodies with His glorious presence flooding over and in us. The focus becomes what God can and wants to do. We breathe with His fresh thoughts and perspective that lend new insights and often problem-solving techniques. We live the abundant life that invites our family and friends to interact positively. His presence blows the hot, sticky air away and replaces it with His very own fresh air so that I now breathe with His strength.
Holy Spirit, You are patiently wanting me to enjoy Your journey for me over mountains and valleys. Let me remember it is in the valleys where I can feel the God-given breezes of mountain-top experiences past and present. You be my Life Guide and I shall willingly follow you in this path You design for me!