Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
There are two water color paintings on my office wall. Each depicts a view of small sailboats tacking in the breeze just off shore. I look at them each day and am reminded of both the pleasure and the work of navigating among the waves, or gliding across a smooth lake. It takes a sound craft, responsiveness to conditions, and a bit of courage to be out on the water. Having those pieces of the equation is a good start at the dock, but it is the fresh wind filling the sails that provides power to take a sailor to the destination.
In a truly foundational moment, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “… unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3. Then he said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8.
The moving and power of the Holy Spirit in your life and mine is depicted by Jesus as being like the power of the wind. The wind, the movement of the air and the atmosphere around you, is powerful because of its ability to shape things, to move objects, to deliver changes in weather, and to carry sailors from one place to another.
Mysteriously, “God is Spirit”, as Jesus said in John 4:24. It is the fresh wind of God the Holy Spirit that is needed in your life every day to bear you up like a sailboat set to be moved on its course. As you trust in Jesus today you are given new life, a new birth. As you set yourself to trust and obey His guidance, you will be born anew, carried along by the fresh wind that He sends into your life.
Feeling the wind and setting the sail,
Pastor Rich Marshall