We all seek for a life that is vibrant and rich with meaning. Deep in the recesses of each of us is a hope that life can be brim full and running over; that our life holds the capacities for deep texture and powerful living in which joy and beauty merge with purpose and meaning.
In the words and life of Christ we are offered such vistas. As we respond to Christ's invitation to walk and live in Him, the possibilities of an empowered, abundant life unfold before us, and we find ourselves tantalized by the prospect of the adventure of joy and fulfillment, of peace and harmony that puts us at one with ourselves and God and with those fellow voyagers in our world.
"No one knows where the wind has come from or where it is going... so is everyone that is born of the spirit." John 3:8
The Greek word for wind means "breath" or "spirit." The breath, or spirit, of God moves us where it will. In its wings are found the keys to a rich and abundant living. As we yield to the will of God, like leaves borne on the wind, we will land in places we never dreamed; we may touch lives we never knew. Those who walk and live in this holy Wind will know adventure and richness in living; they will be awakened to the serendipity tucked in the folds of the mundane...in the creases of normal life.
This wind swung Jesus out to Samaria to Jacob's well....and changed a community of those who had been shunned by the Jews. It blew Him aside to Zacchaeus' house and changed the destiny of a man reviled and shunned by the same crowd. Christ went with the wind, constructing His ministry here on earth upon the interruptions that swirled about Him. He saw them, not as intrusions into His Father's plans for Him, but as sacred encounters...the very steppingstones leading Him into His destiny.
It is freedom that stirs in such a life....the freedom to blow and go....to be exactly where we are and know it is a sacred moment. The calendar....our personal agenda....bows to a greater plan and accepts a higher purpose at work in the moment. Living and walking in this breath, or Spirit, of God infuses life with a joy and peace that are neither man-made nor earthbound. The sun shines brighter here in this place; the breeze is fresher and others are more deeply cherished in this Wind. Here, in the present moment, God's presence is more fully known; there are fewer imaginary problems because the past is tucked away in its ossuary and the future lies hidden in the dark azure folds of its crib waiting till its day breaks.
It is in moment-living, at the intersection of God's Spirit and ours, that life finds its rhythm and its celebration and we offer our lives as anthems of praise to Him who has breathed into us and stirred His wind upon our souls.