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August 9, 2017

Have you ever had a song to stick in your head and just stay there, refusing to leave, playing over and over again?

            Well, this happened to me last night as I was trying to sleep. The hymn Mighty Breath of God just kept playing over and over in my mind.

            I love the hymn and all but according to my granddaughter who got this on good information directly from Peppa Pig, “Nighttime is for sleeping!”

            The hymn sings:

Blow Mighty Breath of God
Move upon this place
Blow mighty breath of God
Come move in power and grace

Streams of mercy flowing down
Light of Heaven all around
Falling to the ground

            Let Your wind blow
Let Your fire fall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_8BDavylWE

(Mighty Breath of God, Jesus Culture, Chris Quilala, 2015)

            Christians are a windy people! A wind blew in one day called Pentecost and we’ve never been the same since (Acts 2:1-13).

            Peter was so overcome by the wind that he stood up and preached right there on the spot. He quoted the old prophet Joel:

            “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:28-29, 32a NIV).”

            I can only imagine the emotion present that day as eyewitnesses to this event watched some long-dead, old words from a long-dead prophet come to life right before their eyes. That mighty breath of God changed the face of the earth at Pentecost; and, humanity has never been the same since.

            So, maybe you are wondering, “Hey, what does this mean to me?”

            Well, for starters there is much power in wind. My Greek Bible uses the word πνεῦμα (pneuma).

  A NASCAR tire changer would intuitively understand the power associated with this word because from the word pneuma we get the word pneumatic. And, a professional tire changer uses a pneumatic, (air pressure-driven) lug wrench during pit-stops to.

Hurricanes and tornados are wind-powered. They too change the face of the earth, but lots of times in some ways that are inconvenient to the rest of us.

But…if you are marine life in a salt marsh, a hurricane is the best thing that can happen to you. Hurricanes refresh, renew, replenish and revive salt marshes and through this process, estuaries are created that renew the oceans.

God does not waste anything, not even hurricanes! (Even so, I am still puzzling over that tornado part.)

All of us know intuitively that when we step back and take a broader view of things, we can see the process of God’s wind engaged in enormous upheavals that transform and renew our world.

When it comes to our personal lives, these upheavals can range from mere discomfort to catastrophic. But, what if…what if in the midst of our windstorms, what if we chose to let go trust the process?

            What if we chose to trust the wind? Is it possible that even the wind is serving the Master?   “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him (Matthew 8:27 NIV)!”

            What if we prayed, “Blow Mighty Breath of God, move upon this place.   Blow mighty breath of God, come move in power and grace?”

            Yes, I know! It takes enormous courage to pray like this!

            Even so, I feel that much of the time our failures may come from wanting progress without trusting the process. You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

            Ol’ Joel never lived to see his words come to life. Nevertheless, the process of God was just and true.   “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:4 NIV).”

            So, what does this mean to me?  Trust in the process in order to have progress!

            There is power in the wind.  God will use the wind to transform our lives.  And, anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

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