13 Oct The mighty wind of the spirit
I have been doing a lot of driving lately. Travelling around the country, visiting our Corps and programs, talking to Salvos about their hopes and dreams for the Army. I’ve also been enjoying spending quiet time with God in the car, thinking and praying about His plans for our Army in this nation.
On a trip to country Victoria recently, through the window of my car I spotted an interesting sight. As I was running early for my appointment, I pulled the car to the side of the road, stopped and looked out at a barren paddock. In the paddock, there was an aging tin tower, rising out of the prairie. A windmill (pictured above). This windmill had seen better days – teetering on oblivion, broken, rusted and out-of-action. It certainly could no longer catch the wind, pump water to irrigate the pastures and provide cattle with necessary hydration.
In that moment, I imagined what a reconstructed windmill would do for that land. It would once again be able to catch the wind, harness it for good, reviving the surrounding pastures.
For centuries humans have been harnessing the wind for power, travel and sustenance. Right now, in The Salvation Army in Australia a mighty wind is blowing over our movement. Not a gale force wind, but a gentle wind of the Spirit that is encouraging each one of us to capture His vision for our Army. Whilst it is a gentle wind, it is also a sustaining and reassuring wind. Never ceasing and always seeking to blow into our lives.
I am proud of Salvos right across the land, building their windmills, capturing the essence of God’s vision for his Army. I am pleased in the reporting I’ve been receiving from Divisional, regional and corps leaders at the amount of energy and enthusiasm of Salvos embracing the Living our Vision workshops. I thank each and every Salvo who has attended and hosted or is intending to attend and host. Let us make the most of this God-given opportunity!
In John 3:8 it says: “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” God’s spirit renews us. It refreshes us. It restores us. It gives us hope. It gives us strength. It brings us joy. It gives us life.
Two of the most well-known musical Salvationists and former leaders of our movement, John Gowans and John Larsson, penned the following words about the mighty moving of the spirit of God:
For the mighty moving of thy Spirit
In our hearts and minds from day to day,
For the gentle soothing of thy Spirit,
When our fears had filled us with dismay.
My prayer for you this week is that you may build your own windmill and capture the wind of the spirit to fully comprehend this new thing God is doing through you and His Army.