This weekend I did something I have never done before. I went to a music festival called, The Big Church Day Out (you can check them out here www.bigchurchdayout.com). I had a wonderful time, heard some great music and enjoyed good company.
Having never been before, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. Thankfully, I was with some friends who are experienced at this event, and they showed me the ropes.
In order to get comfortable and keep dry (it was a British bank holiday after all) my friends brought a marquee with them. This is a picture of the attempted marquee build…
There was one problem with building the marquee – wind!
No, I am not being rude or unpleasant. We did have a wind problem. Every time part of the marquee went up, along came a gust and blew out the bit that had just been done! That sometimes happens to us doesn’t it? We try and do something to make our lives comfortable and then along comes a gust of wind and blows it down.
I had the most important job to do during the marquee build, I had to stand and supervise (it was a tough job but, somebody had too) but, it gave me a chance to reflect on what I was seeing and I felt God was speaking to me, as my friends built.
Sometimes, we welcome a cooling breeze of fresh air on a hot and stuffy day. Sometimes, however, the wind can stir things up and blow things down. I was reminded that, in the Bible, one of the images used for the Holy Spirit is the wind (see Acts 2 vs. 2. Ezekiel 37 vs. 9 – 14, John 3 vs. 8 & John 20 vs. 2).
I wondered, as I watched the marquee coming apart again, if I always welcome the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing through my life?
Pulling down the barriers that I have so carefully built.
Stirring things up a bit, that I have so neatly put in place.
Shaking what I have set up for my comfort.
You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. (John 3 vs. 8 – The Message)
That can be a little scary but, I am also confident that, whatever God does in my life and in yours it is because He wants us to grow and flourish as we seek to follow Jesus.