Monday, February 16, 2015

Invisible force

This past weekend we experienced sustained strong winds.  Usually, when a weather front moves through there is wind associated with it for a brief time.  But we had strong winds, with temperatures under freezing, for more than half a day.  So what causes wind?  Since the sun heats the air around the equator much hotter than the air over the north and south poles and since air can move, while the land cannot, wind comes from moving air associated with this difference in heating over the globe.  The rotation of the earth plays a role and most strong winds move west to east.  Narrow, but intense, belts of wind called jet streams can move like express trains through higher levels of the sky.  Our current cold wave comes from a jet stream that has brought unwelcome arctic air like an uninvited guest to our southern region.
Wind demonstrates the power of a great invisible force.  Its source really is the far-off sun but its force is felt locally, even personally, as we bundle up for protection and stay clear of tree limbs that may be brought down.  The Holy Spirit can also be translated as "The wind of God".  'Spirit takes its meaning from a word that can mean both breath and wind.  Just as the physical winds cannot be seen, but can be felt, so the Holy Spirit cannot be seen but felt in our inner person.  There is a warming of this earth from the Lord through the light of His being and He sends the jet stream of His Spirit to move through the hearts of men to get their attention and guide them to a new destination.  He moves them by these heaven sent currents to consider the reality of forces that are beyond the physical but are reflected through the natural and can transform our inner person, for there is much that is also invisible about each of us!
Matthew 4:39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence!  Be still!"
John 3:8 "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."  [Jesus speaking]
Rob Smith

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