A few days ago at a leader’s retreat in the mountains, I decided to go for a walk before breakfast. It was a sunny morning, cool and breezy, and nice to just walk along, enjoying the quietness and the scenery. As I walked down the hillside, I sensed His presence all around me. I looked up and could see and hear the wind blowing in the tops of the trees. I just began to thank God for all the beauty that I was seeing, for the birds singing and for all the wonders of His creation. As I was speaking out loud to Him, the song “I am a Friend of God” came to my mind, especially the first verse. It goes:
“Who am I that you are mindful of me?
That you hear me when I call?
Is it true that you are thinking of me?
I started back up the hillside, walking up towards the top of the hill when I suddenly stopped. I felt like God wanted me to just listen. I could see the wind blowing down in the valley and as it came closer, I could hear it coming. Starting as a lowly sound, it came up the hill and became a roaring sound. Then suddenly, it literally crashed over me. It was an exhilarating feeling with a sense of excitement. The wind blew all around me almost like it was encircling me. Then I realized that it was going through me, penetrating every part of me. It felt like it was a cleansing wind. This continued several times as I stood there. After one blast of wind came and went, another one would follow. It probably lasted about 10 minutes, but it seemed like it lasted much longer than that.
Afterwards, I was asking God, “what were you telling me?”
First, He wanted me to just stop and listen. I was reminded of Psalm 46:10 that says “Be still and know that I am God.” As we are going through the 80 days of RFP, one of our goals is to rest. We need to take time to stop and hear what God is telling us.
The second thing God told me, as most Christians know, is that wind often represents His Holy Spirit. He reminded me that even when the air seems still, the wind never completely stops. The Holy Spirit is always moving and working in our lives, even when we don’t notice. We may not be able to see the Holy Spirit, but we can see His working in our lives and those around us. We can hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us. But God desires more for us - to be completely filled with His Holy Spirit and let the Holy Spirit wash over us and regenerate us. (Titus 3:5).
Third, I was reminded that as you go up in elevation, the wind blows stronger. There are less obstacles to prevent it from blowing. So how do we go “higher” to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit? When we humble ourselves before God, He will lift us up. (James 4:6). We will rise up on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31) and let the wind of the Holy Spirit take us to new heights. We praise Him with all we have (Psalm 100:4) and when we give Him our very best worship (Psalm 150) He will draw us close.
“He inhabits the praises of His people” Psalm 22:3
We need to spend time with Him, in His word and in prayer. He promises to hear us. (Psalm 34:15). Our Heavenly Father wants to pour out His Spirit on us, both individually and corporately. Are we a friend of God? YES! But we are so much more! We are His children and He cares for us. Our Heavenly Father loves us and He does hear us when we call.
It is true that He is mindful of all we do and is thinking of us. It truly is AMAZING.
Take time to rest in His presence and draw closer to Him daily. Ask the Holy Spirit to wash over you and fill your heart. Then be prepared for amazing things to happen. I pray that this week goes well and look forward to seeing you Sunday! Let us come together to worship our God with all our being and feel the Holy Spirit saturate each one of us and our church family. See you then.