“Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting” – Acts 2:2.
Sailors are passionate about their time on the water—buoyed by a sense of empowerment as the wind fills the sails and the boat glides peacefully through the water. This is the lifestyle many have dreamed about after they glimpsed a picturesque scene of a sailboat powered by the breeze gliding across the Gulf.
A sailboat doesn’t get “movement” without the wind. If there’s no wind, you aren’t going anywhere. The wind is the most important element in sailing. The same is true with a movement of God. We cannot make a movement happen. You don’t get movement without the wind of the Holy Spirit.
If you have plenty of wind but your sails aren’t up, you aren’t going sailing either. You may get a little movement but not the kind you want. You won’t have any idea where you’re going. If you want to go sailing, you not only need the wind, you need to get your sails up. The same is true with movements of God. You don’t get movement without the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Throughout Scripture, the Holy Spirit is compared and likened to wind. Acts 2: 2 (TPT) says, “Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! ” The wind and the Holy Spirit share many characteristics; both are invisible, powerful, and while they can’t be seen with the human eye, the results can be both seen and felt. Both can be unpredictable and often unexplainable. Isaiah 40:13 says, “Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?” The Spirit resembles the wind, a force that cannot be conjured or micromanaged.
Trimming your sails is not so different from staying connected to God’s Word. We can listen for and feel the wind, but staying in tune with the truth of Scripture will help us not only evaluate what is truth but will also free us to enjoy the journey. Christians don’t have to know all there is to know about faith in God; they just have to know what faith does so they can set their sails. God will send the wind when He’s ready.
Where do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you today? Are you grounded in God’s Word such that when the Spirit blows you are prepared to trim your sails? Wind can bring about unknown adventure and an exciting or unpredictable ride.
Are you open to the Spirit’s leading even if the journey may be unknown? If so, it is time to raise the sails.
- What does it mean to you that the Holy Spirit is the wind in the sails of the Christian life?
- What can we do to increase the wind in our sails?