Few of God’s creations are more mysterious than the wind. It comes across as having a mind of its own…surging up above the billowing clouds, carrying storms across jagged mountain peaks, diving down to the valleys, and gliding its way to every corner of the earth.
The beautiful thing about wind is that IT KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES. Jesus said it perfectly:
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” John 3:8
In contrast to the mighty winds, our fallen world is chock full of boundaries.
First there are the boundaries we experience with sin. No matter what the sin, when we choose to continue following its path, we allow it to have mastery over us. And suddenly we are not so free. We are confined to a world of pleasure-seeking or of climbing the status ladder or countless other things that limit our world entirely to ourselves.
The other boundaries we may experience have to do with trying to live up to a standard. “If you want to be a better Christian, then you should (fill in the blank).” This mindset has existed all throughout time and is the message the Pharisees championed and Jesus sought to destroy. This is because it creates a life full of limits and self-righteousness.
HOWEVER, THERE IS ONE PERSON WHO KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES AND WHO IS FREE IN EVERY WAY.
And somehow this glorious person has made His home within us. Before Jesus returned to His Father in Heaven, He promised:
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
And come He did. He came as the Holy Spirit who descended upon us as a mighty rushing wind on the day of Pentecost. Just as Jesus said, the Holy Spirit was also Jesus Himself who was coming to dwell inside us!
“God has chosen to make known….the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27)
Indeed, they are All One.
Just as Jesus does only what He’s sees His Father doing, the Spirit within us does only what Jesus is doing. No wonder it was so easy for Jesus to ask the wind to stop on that stormy boat with the disciples! (Matt 8:23-27)
At Pentecost, the Spirit got to work quickly. First, He gave everyone the ability to speak to one another without confusion, even when they spoke different languages. (Acts 2:7-8)
He immediately broke down boundaries.
And because Jesus has promised that He now lives His own life in us….We can now live like the wind.
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
Gone are all the constraints of “trying” to do good. Instead, we choose to draw from His life that is within us and He carries us into His purpose, gently propelling us forward in His ways. And He who is unbound will break down the boundaries of this world through us.
Why does it not seem that many of us live like the wind? Our God is expansive, limitless, and completely without boundaries. So unfortunately, a life of being carried around in such vast world is scary and many choose not to brave it. We have no idea what to expect! However, the beauty of our Lord is that He is utterly and completely faithful and secure. He lifts us up on eagle’s wings when we live by His spirit (Isaiah 40:31) and He keeps us firm and safe there in His grasp. We just have to let go and let Him hold us.
So if turn the clocks back to before creation, the Godhead needed some sort of way to describe the Spirit to us and the life we would live by it. Together they contrived to create the mysterious, soaring winds. Praise the Lord we can now live in its reality.