The exact location when the idea for this blog came to me.
On my morning walk recently I was on a part of the path that had a set of pine trees on the one side of the path and a cornfield on the other side. A mountain breeze was blowing. I heard the wind in the pines and the wind in the corn, but the sound of the wind was different on the two sides of the path. The wind swished through the tens of thousands of pine needles and rustled through the thousands of corn leaves, stereophonic diversity!
The Hebrew word (the Old Testament of the Bible was originally written in Hebrew) “ruach” can mean either wind, breath, or spirit. So, too, the Greek word pneuma (the New Testament was originally written in Greek); it can mean either wind, breath, or spirit.
Often, when I feel or hear the wind blow, it reminds me of God’s Spirit who can blow around, into, and out of us. Yes, the breath of God can be as close to us as our own breath! The astonishing truth is that His breath (Spirit) can give us spiritual life, resuscitating us and refreshing us.
What is also amazing, and this is where the imagery of the wind in the pines and the wind in the corn comes into play, is that the Holy Spirit of God seeks to blow upon each of us in a very unique way! You and I can be uniquely empowered by God to do His good work in such a special way that no one else could take our place.
This truth can provide the incentive we need to quit playing the comparison game; we don’t have to be like somebody else we know, we’re to be the unique person God’s calling us to be. This truth can also provide the antidote we need to overcome the prideful attitude that we’re better than someone else.
The wind makes a unique sound depending on what it’s blowing upon. The Spirit of God, His breathing presence, can also be wonderfully different and unique for each of us, making each of us of special use to Him!
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)