Where the winds do come sweepin’ down the plain.

April 3, 2007 at 9:42 am 3 comments

The state song of Oklahoma is correct because it truly is the place “where the wind comes sweepin down the plain”.  While the wind can really blow at times, as would be obvious in a place dubbed “tornado alley,” the wind pretty much blows at some velocity all the time. 

I remember being in Laramie, Wyoming one time, with our kids, and the wind blew so hard that everyone walked with a lean into the wind, even when the wind had died down they still walked that way.  It isn’t quite like that here but it is close.

They have had lots of rain this year so it is green and really beautiful.  The sun is out and it is about 60-70 degrees so we are really enjoying our time here. 

The wind sweepin’ down the plain caused me to think about something Jesus said about the Spirit and the wind. “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.  That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:8 The Message)

The Spirit seldom works like we think He should.  He blows where He thinks best.  We try to figure the move out but when the Spirit is in it, it doesn’t look like we think it should.  The Spirit blows this way, then that way, then turns back the other way.  We can’t contain Him and we can’t explain Him.

But we sure try.  Too many times when the Spirit is blowing a certain way, a person’s theology will determine if it is a real move or not.  Some think they are such experts in how the Wind blows that they are willing to break relationship with someone who is experiencing a blast of the Wind that doesn’t fit their theology.  Again and again we see people who think they know where and how the wind blows telling those who are leaning into the Wind that the Spirit doesn’t blow that way so it must be the enemy.  …but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. 

We received a very sad email from home yesterday that included just such a story.  One person leaning into a wind of the Spirit and seeing the Wind blow in a way that is outside any box we have seen before and “out there”.  Another person, a close friend breaking fellowship because in his theology, the Wind doesn’t blow that way.  …but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. 

Our hearts were grieved by that news because in the Family that is not how it should be.  We don’t break fellowship over which way the Wind blows because …you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next.  There just aren’t enough of us really willing to lean into the Wind to break fellowship with those who are leaning hard. 

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the church is its propensity to break relationships with people who make us uncomfortable, who have a greater measure of faith or who have failed in some way.  It is indeed a great failure of the church.

Clearly we are not all called to the confrontational front line battle with the enemy.  Some are raised up for battlefield and some are more equipped to keep the Living Room flourishing and inviting for the warriors to return to. 

But why must we think that if our calling is not the battlefield, where the Wind often blows in strange and uncomfortable ways, we should break relationship with those who are called out there?  It is so sad.

The Wind blows in all kinds of ways and some of those ways make me nervous and some make me long for more but I have stopped questioning if it is really the Wind because the Wind sometimes comes sweepin’ down the plain and sometimes it whirls into a Tornado.

Out here in the plains of Oklahoma you can never be sure what is blowing.  So it is with the Wind of the Spirit.  We don’t know how He might be blowin’ and so it is tragic when one who is leaning hard into the Wind is thrown out by another for whom the Wind is more of a breeze than a tornado.  The Family was designed by the Father to accommodate all kinds. 

Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at onefountain-His Spirt-where we all come to drink. (1Corinthians 12:13 The Message)

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Entry filed under: Charismatic, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Friendship, Jesus, Revelation, Thoughts.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Unknown  |  April 10, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    I agree that some are very closed to any move of the Spirit’s blowing. However, are we just to remain open to whatever happens and not use any judgment. I think in some of the areas that are being preached today as the moving of the Spirit, we need to definitely find our wisdom from the Word of God in how we gauge it. Do we open ourselves as much as possible? Do we move beyond God’s revelation so that we can seek some sort of supernatural experience? I think we need to wrestle as well with whether there is any reason involved in our faith. I respect your comments in your article to an extent. I am by no means against God’s ability to do things that are unorthodox. However, are we to exercise no judgment at all? My concern and judgment is a response to some ideas that are floating around out there, especially the idea that God cannot be understood at all, and this concerns me. If anything happens that cannot be explained just let it go, it’s the Spirit? If you don’t believe you just don’t have enough faith. Where these ideas came from with the fathers of our faith throughout history is a mystery to me. They didn’t seem to be so concerned about whether people were so open to how much God could do but the interest was rather in “preaching nothing but Christ and Him crucified.” I think many believers cannot live out their faith today because they were promoted to an experimental, sensational gospel rather than Christ crucified. What has happened to holiness in our culture? What has happened to conviction of the Holy Spirit in believers lives? I agree once again we need to be more open to the wind of the Spirit and the mystery of how he moves. However, where in fact is the fruit and genuine salvations in experiential camps?

    In response to your comments about the broken relationship, I would say that sure, that is very sad about the brokeness that happened. However, when it comes to the gospel, is there room for compromise concerning the truth?

  • 2. Doug Wright  |  April 4, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Acts 2: (NIV)The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost (vs 1) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (vs 2) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. (vs 3) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. (vs 4) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the “Spirit enabled them.” (vs 5) Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. (vs 6) When they heard this sound a crowd came together in “bewiderment,” because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (vs 7) “Utterly amazed,” they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?” (vrs 12) “Amazed and perplexed,” they asked one another, “What does this mean?” (13) Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
    How about those words, bewildered and utterly amazed, amazed and perplexed. Seems that even when tongues were in a language of nationality there was lack of understanding.
    Then you see those who didn’t get it at all just make fun of it.
    I pray for wisdom and understanding to come regarding the “active” Holy Spirit. It will be by His visit that many will be called back and many more saved.
    Father, please show us truth. May your glory be revealed. Amen

  • 3. Mike Rutter  |  April 3, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Sometimes I feel I am caught up in the wind and have no direction.

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