The Spirit Blows Where It Will

We all like to let loose and get a little childlike at times. In scripture God always seems to use the weak, the foolish and yes, the childlike. As we get older we seem to trust our own instincts much more than putting our trust into God’s leading. I cherish my adult friends and family members. They have been wonderful mentors and have been there when I’ve needed someone to lean on but, some of life’s greatest lessons, I’ve learned through the youngest members of God’s family.

Growing up in Michigan surrounded by the great lakes allowed Mark and me the opportunity to do quite a bit of sailing. We wanted our daughters to grow up having this experience as well. Whenever possible we would head to Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands in Bayfield, Wisconsin. This is beautiful country with a rocky, rugged shoreline. When the girls were in college we would take their friends along for a weekend sail, dropping anchor in one of the many bays surrounding the islands for the night. There is nothing like the view of the night stars in the heavens when on the water. I remember one particular night when the wind shifted. Suddenly we were no longer connecting with the bunks we were sleeping on and our boat was being blown closer to the rocky, shallow shore. Our best laid plans for a safe place to rest were being blown away. There was no possibility of staying put and weathering it out. The wind was definitely pushing us into action. We cannot control the winds movement, or the storms that pop up from seemingly nowhere. Lake Superior is famous for them. The kids with us were great. They were up in a flash. Life jackets on thinking safety first, ready to take instructions from Mark. A boat can have only one captain. The anchor needed to be lifted. We needed to use our understanding of the winds force, of the boat and it’s rigging to get us to safer waters. The kids were so resilient, so trusting, never questioning. It was a storm that lasted into the early morning hours but, their willingness to just do what needed to be done was remarkable. They did great, no meltdowns the entire time. The following day the wind filled our sails. It was a beautiful day for sailing.

I learned some valuable life lessons that trip. I’m sure the kids with us did as well. Lessons about God’s absolute power, how the power of his Holy Spirit is with us but, can never be controlled by us. It blows where it wills. God give us the tools and understanding to navigate through the rocky patches and storms in our lives. A spirit led life is not a passive one but, is ready to jump into action. It takes a lot of trust and faith and yes, God’s grace.

Father God, There is no peace in my life when I am going in the wrong direction. Teach me to follow your Holy Spirit’s leading. Help me to see your image in all people and all of your creation. We invite you into our stories. We trust your presence and the peace you give. Amen

Lois Autterson

8 comments (Add your own)

1. wrote:
Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard on. Any

Fri, June 7, 2019 @ 5:00 AM

2. wrote:
I'm not sure why but this weblog is loading very slow
for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem
on my end? I'll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

Fri, August 23, 2019 @ 11:25 PM

3. wrote:
Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and
wished to say that I've really loved surfing around your blog posts.
After all I'll be subscribing on your feed and I am hoping
you write once more soon!

Mon, September 16, 2019 @ 4:14 PM

4. wrote:
Hi, i believe that i noticed you visited my
weblog so i came to go back the prefer?.I'm trying to to
find issues to improve my site!I suppose its adequate to make use of a few of your concepts!!

Tue, September 24, 2019 @ 10:57 PM

5. wrote:
you're really a just right webmaster. The site loading speed is amazing.
It sort of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick.
Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you have
performed a fantastic job on this topic!

Wed, November 20, 2019 @ 5:04 PM

6. wrote:
Hello there, I do believe your website could possibly be having internet browser compatibility problems.
Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues.

I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, great blog!

Fri, December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

7. wrote:
I think the admin of this site is truly working hard for his web page,
since here every material is quality based material.

Thu, December 19, 2019 @ 7:12 PM

8. wrote:
It's going to be ending of mine day, except before finish I
am reading this great paragraph to increase my know-how.

Tue, December 31, 2019 @ 9:28 PM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.