It was such a pleasure to be able to run outside on Monday. The temperature was in the 60’s here in the Northeast. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. A cold, occasional gust of wind was the only reminder that Winter has a few more days to completion. I have a love/hate relationship with the wind. I am not in love with the March winds that steal away the warmth of the promising Spring thaw. I do however love the way it blows all of the leaves out of my yard and cleans off my deck with one swift gust!
God’s word is filled with 170 scriptures regarding the wind. Many of them reference God’s power and might as He utilizes the wind to dry up floods, the seas or blow a pestilence of locusts into a certain region.
The Lord will dry a path through the Red Sea and wave his hand over the Euphrates,* sending a mighty wind to divide it into seven streams that can easily be crossed.
Some scriptures indicate our ability to predict the weather depending on the direction of the wind:
When the south wind blows you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is.
Many of these verses are used as a metaphor to show the geographical disbursement of a people group:
Then I will scatter his servants and guards to the four winds and send the sword after them.
My favorite scriptures are the ones that reference how the Holy Spirit blows upon us like a mighty wind:
Then he told me to call to the wind and say: “The Lord God says: Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe upon these slain bodies, that they may live again.”
Acts 2:1-3Living Bible (TLB)
2 Seven weeks had gone by since Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the Day of Pentecost had now arrived.[a] As the believers met together that day, 2 suddenly there was a sound like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them and it filled the house where they were meeting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on their heads.
March winds remind me of the poem learned by many preschoolers and kindergarteners:
“In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb”
by Lorie Hill
March roars in like a lion
The wind so cold,
It seems to pierce.
The month rolls on
And Spring draws near,
And March goes out
Like a lamb so dear.
The wind of the Holy Spirit is a comforter and counselor. The Spirit blows in us and around us encouraging us to be patient, loving, truthful and wise with our tongues (much like the lamb in this poem). As we interact with those precious people that God has placed in our lives today, let us allow the mighty wind of the Lord to blow away the chaff (debris, unusable parts). Let’s allow Him to display God’s power and peace through our lives today.