“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; who makes lightnings for the rain, who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.” Psalm 135:6-7
A few days before Veteran’s Day, I was driving in an area where American flags were displayed on utility poles up and down the main street. The city does this every year for this holiday as well as Independence Day. It’s a beautiful sight, and always brings a smile to my face.
On this particular day, while stopped at a red light, I was looking at the flags and noticed something interesting. Some of the flags were waving proudly, while others hung there limp. Although the flags were all on the same street, some were being moved by the wind, and some were not. It had nothing to do with the flags, but everything to do with the wind.
“He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.” Psalm 147:18
We are the same way. When we are being filled and led by the Spirit, we move where the wind of the Spirit blows us. Some will move with fierce intensity, while others will have a slower, gentler motion. Some may not appear to be moving at all. The Lord uses just the right amount of wind to move us into different seasons of life, and to new places within a season. In Him we live and move and have our being. It won’t look the same for any two of us. As long as we’re willing to be moved, we’re being used by the Lord, and the Kingdom of God advances.
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
There have been many times where it felt like I was barely hanging in there. No visible wind, just hot, stale air. It’s not something I enjoy, but I believe it is necessary. Sometimes we are in a time of waiting for the Lord to do in the background what we can’t see with our eyes, and sometimes we simply need to rest. And then God, at just the right time, breathes on us and sets us in motion again.
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
Are you feeling stagnant? Ready for a new season? I know the Lord hears when we ask Him to breathe new life into us. I believe He delights in it!
Sometimes a new season can seem scary. There is so much unknown to us. We want to see the whole staircase, but the Lord only gives us enough light for the step we’re on. Then, at the time of His choosing, He shines the light on the next step.
“When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘You are certainly God’s Son!’” Matthew 14:26-33
I’m so struck by Peter’s courage to get out of the boat and walk on the water with Jesus. He wanted to be with Jesus! He wanted to do the miraculous! And he did! Then he took his eyes off of Jesus, and the next thing he knew, he was sinking. As soon as he called out to the Lord, the Lord took hold of him and brought him to safety.
Are you afraid? Afraid that if you step out of the boat, you’ll sink? I’ve been there, too. If you call out the Jesus, though, He will rescue you, just as He rescued Peter. He loves you dearly, and His hands are outstretched toward you. He is so faithful. I have learned that it’s better to walk in the midst of a storm with Jesus than remain safely in the boat without Him.
I want to be bold like Peter. I want to walk on the water with Jesus. I want the Spirit to blow so strongly in my life that no one can look at me without seeing Jesus and His mighty power at work in me. Take a step of faith. Allow the wind of the Spirit to move you out of the boat and onto the path that God planned for you before you were even born. His plans are good, because He is good.
He raised the dead to life. He healed the brokenhearted and set the captives free. He breathed new life into Israel. He will certainly do the same for us.
“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, You know.’ Again He said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones and say to them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.” ‘Thus says the Lord God to these bones, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.”’ So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.’”’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, “Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.” ‘Therefore prophesy and say to them, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,’ declares the Lord.’”’ Ezekiel 37:1-14