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Wind in the Pines, Wind in the Corn

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)


The Sparks of the Spirit Fly Differently

spiritI set the shutter of my camera at a fast setting to catch the sparks of a campfire going in different and crazy directions. Did you notice: some of the sparks actually made U turns?

Whenever I attempt to capture a campfire like this I always have in mind the appearance of tongues of flames over the disciples of Jesus when the Holy Spirit came upon them at what we call Pentecost. “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:3-4a)

When we’re connected to God, a connection that comes through His Son Jesus, we’re filled with God’s presence, His Holy Spirit. One of the interesting attributes of God’s Spirit is that He impacts each of us in a very unique way, making us gifted people in different ways so that we are a unique gift from God to the world around us. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” (1 Corinthians 12:4)

We can really mess ourselves up when we start comparing ourselves to others. We disqualify ourselves from God’s unique call upon us when we think we have to be like someone else. Sure, there are essential qualities and characteristics that all followers of the Lord should exhibit and in this way we are to be similar, similar to Jesus, whom we should desire to emulate (like exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit). But each of us is to be a unique follower of Jesus, a crazily unique spark of His flaming Holy Spirit!