Over cereal and preparing for church, Grandpa and I discuss the wintry temperatures this week and last. His friend spoke of impending 5- and 6-degree days. I comment how cold that will be. Grandpa reminds me that it was 2-below last week. That’s true.
I recall last week’s road trip to Indiana and Michigan. It was cold, and there were strong winds. When we stepped out at a gas station, the wind hit us and made things 100 times more frigid.
Grandpa comments, “That wind sure does make a difference.”
Somehow, I immediately think of the Holy Spirit. Jesus likened the way He works to the moving of the wind. Furthermore, the Hebrew word for Spirit, Ruach, also means wind. And certainly in our lives – in every situation, He makes a difference. If the Holy Spirit is not working in and through us, we are utterly ineffective, useless.
Grandpa noted the difference you feel when the sun is out and there’s no breeze, and then you step around the corner into the wind… Even a small breeze makes a difference.
Jesus told His Disciples in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” He was leaving to Heaven, but His Father would send another Helper, the Holy Spirit.
Just as He had promised, on the Day of Pentecost, the Father sent the Holy Spirit. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Filled with the Holy Spirit, the apostles stepped outdoors and Peter preached – to see about 3,000 people saved!
The Holy Spirit is still working today. He is our Helper, our source of power, and we need Him desperately. Amazingly, He dwells inside of us. For Christians, that needs to be our prayer today, our strength, our only way of living … to be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit. He will make the difference!