wind of the spirit

I’ve been pondering Jesus’ words about the wind of the spirit (John 3:8) blowing wherever it wants, and realize that sometimes the wind blows hard so that the things in life that are enslaving, weighing us down, and filling us with anxiety, can be untethered and float away.  The wind can be painful, but it leaves spaciousness and liberty in its wake.  “What is cluttering my world?” We cling to much that is needless, and as a result are too often, like Martha, “concerned about many things”.  Sometimes we look for God to bless our messes and our complexities, when what we really need is a good storm, a good gust of Spirit wind to whirl through our souls, stripping us of illusions.  Only when the last dead leaf has been stripped away will we be truly free.

~ paraphrased Richard Dahlstrom

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

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