The Holy Spirit and Riding Against the Wind

In the Gospel today, Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to the wind.

The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Of course, in Jesus’ time people didn’t know where the wind came from or where it went.  They couldn’t see it, or smell it (except, maybe the shepherds).  But they could feel it.  Even with our modern understanding of meteorology, it’s still a good comparison.

As someone who enjoys bicycling, I have a great appreciation for the wind.  I appreciate it when it’s behind me, and I’m not so crazy about it when I’m pedaling into it.  It makes a big difference!

The funny thing is, like the Holy Spirit, the breeze helps me along even though I can’t feel it.  Riding at 15 mph with a 10 mph tail wind, there is no sensation of the wind at all.  Likewise, when the Spirit is with us, we may not be aware of His presence, either.

But when we ride against the wind, or when we go against the Spirit, we’re definitely aware of the resistance.

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