Holy Spirit in the wind and in the quiet
Do you feel it? The swishing of the breeze? The strong winds blowing so intensely it is hard to stand up? The sting of the harsh wind hitting your face?
Or are you able to sit quietly, simply be, and allow the Holy Spirit to enter into your sacred being?
Perhaps you can feel the Spirit in both ways?
It is the word “feel” that stands out for me. I had the opportunity to be in the “Windy City” (Chicago) last weekend. Indeed it was very cold and extremely windy. We plowed through the strong winds with our heads down just to keep moving forward. Conversation was being had; laughter as well. We were with a special friend who had never been in Chicago. There was much for her to experience and feel. As we got to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, she went right to the windows. She stood there inhaling the beauty of the city from on high. The silence. The intensity. It was a profound moment for me. I could feel her spirit trying to capture every detail of the architecture of Chicago and the beauty of Lake Michigan.
I thanked God for being able to share this moment with our friend. We didn’t make it happen — it was the Spirit of God who brought in this deep feeling of awe and wonder. I did feel the Spirit that day.
Other days, I sit in prayer. I ask God to send the Holy Spirit so that I can grasp what I need to do. Many challenges face us at this time. This is where faith comes in. We don’t always feel secure, but we do need to trust! That challenge is in front of us every day.
May this season of Pentecost bring a sense of peace and trust to you and your families. May this season of Pentecost help us lean with all our weight on Providence. May we trust in the Spirit of God as together we face a future filled with hope and uncertainty, filled with grace and challenges. A future that only the Spirit of God will give us the courage and strength to keep moving toward.
Whether in the strong swishing of wind or the silence within our hearts — the Spirit of God is with us. The Spirit of God holds us together.