An army brigade was on a field training exercise in Texas near the Davis Mountains. Without warning, the skies turned dark, and the winds began to blow. Then, a swirling tornado began to travel across the training area. As it passed through the command area, a mangled mass of canvas with a soldier wrapped in the middle of it, dropped right in front of the colonel leading the exercise.
“Soldier,” barked the officer, “what nerve you have. Coming into my area without permission or cause. Have you no respect for your leader?”
“Sir,” said the soldier, trying to free himself from the ropes and canvas, “I had nothing to do with this. I was simply trying to put my tent up when the wind came through and picked me and my tent up, and away we went. And here I am, Sir.”
“But, I didn’t see the wind, soldier,” said the officer.
“Neither did I, Sir, but I sure felt it,” came the reply.
In the Bible, “wind” is an emblem of the Holy Spirit. And in Psalm 147:18 we read, “He sends the winds, and the ice thaws.”
On one occasion, Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wants to. You can hear the sound of the wind, but you have no idea where it came from nor where it is going. So you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
Nor can we explain the work of the Spirit. He is not predictable, nor do we understand Him. He is a gift of God who works in our lives to save us and empower us to serve.
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for Your Spirit who gives us eternal life and strengthens us in our daily walk. Though You are unseen, we sense Your power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today's Bible Verse: He sends the winds, and the ice thaws. Psalm 147:18b