Low temperatures and strong winds are impacting the greater Harrisburg area during this winter season. An occasional day of temperatures in the low 40’s might have felt like a winter heat wave were it not for the wind. Wind chill factors often felt like 19 or 20 degrees.
This past weekend delivered incredible winds that simply would not let up. They arrived on Friday evening, and roared through several counties throughout the day on Saturday, not subsiding until early Sunday morning. Broken branches littered many of our roadways. Wind-blown trash receptacles rolled down streets.
Many homes were damaged as well. A Susquehanna Township home lost its shutters, while another was stripped of shingles on one of its walls. The wind, ranging from 50 to 70 miles per hour, tore through communities with tornado-like force. Modular, mobile, and other manufactured homes were particularly susceptible to the devastation. As shown in the photo, panels of protective skirting were blown off this manufactured home in East Hanover Township.
In the third chapter of the gospel of John, we read of an encounter of Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, with the Lord Jesus. In their conversation, which gives the teaching of the born again experience, Jesus describes this spiritual rebirth in this way:
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (John 3:7,8 NIV).
Thus, the powerful wind of the Holy Spirit blows upon each one who encounters Christ.
In the ‘90s, a Christian song that came out of the Toronto revival began, There’s a wind a-blowin’ all across the land. The words of the chorus went on to say, O sweet wind, come and blow over me (Vineyard Songs). After experiencing the devastation of the weekend winds, we may want to ask ourselves whether or not we are really ready for the spiritual winds of the Holy Spirit to blow upon our lives. Wind that is described as “sweet” must surely be enshrouded with the mercy of God.
We often pray for spiritual renewal, revival, refreshing, etc., without counting the cost. Are we ready for the powerful sweep of the wind of the Holy Spirit upon our lives? It will be life changing. It will strip our exterior sense of pride. It will expose our flaws, hypocrisy, and pretense. We will realize that beneath all the frills, we are really nothing; and Jesus is everything.
Perhaps material damages may be repaired. The wind of the Holy Spirit uncovers what is within in order to give us a complete makeover. Now the trail left behind will be quite different.
Blow, wind, blow . . . over me.
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