The mighty wind of the spirit

Windmill


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.

2 Comments
  • Pam Stamos
    Posted at 10:18h, 13 October Reply

    Who made the decision to send Higher Education down to Melbourne and why? Booth College in Sydney was doing such a good job and had so many excellent people teaching and servicing theological students alongside the Sydney based cadets. Who made such a decision? Whoever did make the decision to choose Melbourne over Sydney did they first take a good look at what was happening in Sydney or did they just choose Melbourne because that was where everything else is going. Did anyone notice that the college at Bexley North (Sydney) is in a perfect location as far as being close to the city, train station and Airport? It is all so sad, the huge value and treasure that has been lost. In the future we will have huge regrets. God’s will is not always done. People see to that

  • Pam Stamos
    Posted at 12:10h, 17 October Reply

    We hear leaders talking about Australia One in such glowing terms but the people I talk to are definitely not echoing those sentiments. Change is good, but change for the sake of change is never good. There are other ways to save money that do not involve reducing influence. The Lord has grown the Salvation Army in Australia over many years. Do not stunt that growth by reducing access points, where people can physically connect. Australia is growing rapidly, we should be ever more available by increasing not reducing.
    We need to plan for growth not decay. We need to look at ways to recruit more cadets. Yes we need to cut costs, while continuing to grow, but cuts in education, reducing numbers of new qualified well equipped workers will not do this. Booth College (Now called Eva Burrows) in Sydney is an ideal location because of its closeness to the airport and the city. The money saved in transport costs must be huge.
    Booth College at Bexley North should be doing all of the Non-residential Cadet training, Staff development courses, courses for Corps Officers wanting to further their studies, Intensives, distance and on-line courses, higher education courses for non-Salvation Army students and VET programs. In other words, Booth College at Bexley North should provide all higher education and VET courses other than Full-time residential Salvation Army cadet training.
    I know the decision has been made but I believe that the School for Officer Training (full-time residential) should continue to be both in Melbourne and Sydney.

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