Pastoral Ponderings : March 2018

“The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the spirit.” [John 3:8 T.E.V.]

The poet may have been reflecting on these words of Jesus when he wrote: “Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by. “ Wind has often been the symbol of God’s presence. We readily remember the day of Pentecost when: “when suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” [Act. 2:2 K.J.V.] Therefore the blowing wind should remind us of the Holy Spirit.

However, often we only think of the destructive nature of the wind rather than the good it does. I grew up on a farm in Barren Springs that was name, “Spreading Oaks Farm.” The old farmhouse was surrounded by many huge old oak trees. Some were in pretty bad shape; hollow and rotten. Now I enjoyed the cool shade they provided and moaned and griped when I had to rake their leaves in the fall. But some of my most vivid memories are of covering my head and being so afraid as I lay in bed when the March winds would blow. I just knew that one of those hollow oak trees was going to come crashing through my bedroom at any minute.

Well one night one of those trees did fall! By the grace of God it fell away from the house. My father and some of the neighbors sawed up that tree into firewood and cleaned up the mess that it had made. Soon all that was left was a three foot high stump about six feet across and hollow in the middle. My mother filled that stump with dirt and planted flowers in it. Soon from the destruction the wind had caused, new life sprang forth bringing beauty and joy where there had only been decay and rot.

Sometimes when the wind of God’s Spirit blows across our lives there are areas of decay, rot and sin that must be swept away before new life can occur. So this year when you hear the March winds blow, think of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to come into your life. For you see, even when the wind causes destruction, new life awaits!

– Richard