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We continue in the THursdayTHought Re-Run Summer. From April 19, 2012.
I’ve been thinking about wind. Maybe because it was so windy this week.
Scripture talks a lot about wind. One of the first things that happens in scripture is that a wind from God sweeps over the deep. And, in that breath, God creates something out of nothing. A wind sweeps over the dry bones in the valley (Ezekiel) and they get up and start moving around — they live again. A wind from God moves back the waters of the Red Sea and the Israelites walk on dry ground. As the new church is formed (in Acts) a strong wind moves through the gathered believers and the Holy Spirit comes upon them. These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. (fun thing to do: go to the Bible Study Tools and do a word search on “wind.”)
In Hebrew, the word for “wind” (ru’ah) can also be translated as “breath” or “spirit” (oooo…. and now you can add those to your search!).
[Jesus said to Nicodemus,] “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”John 3:8
Often in Scripture these winds from God are the motivating force for something amazing or new or creative. Wind, breath — changes things, enlivens things, motivates things.
I wonder what needs God’s breath in our lives — both collectively and personally? I think I could name a few!