Rose Breasted Grosbeak:The Wind and Holy Spirit


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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
“The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like this with everyone born of the spirit.” (John 3:8)

I’m no mathematician. But with a migration pattern that ranges from Canada to South America, I would say that the odds of a Rose- Breasted Grosbeak landing on my bird feeder in Houston, TX are pretty slim. Yet, within 3 days of my husband spotting a Rose- Breasted Grosbeak during our anniversary trip (and being dismayed over the fact that I missed the special sighting), this very bird showed up in our backyard! As I observed this colorful bird, known as the “opera singer” of the birding kingdom, I couldn’t help but meditate upon what Jesus said about people born of the Spirit: “The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going.” (John 3:8)

Has God ever called you to a seemingly impossible task that you either felt ill equipped for or too inadequate to finish?

Like migratory birds must learn to depend on wind currents and optimal weather conditions to aid them in their long journeys, God calls us to depend on the Holy Spirit for our spiritual journeys. We may not understand where the wind comes from or where it is going. But whether it is the gentle breeze that grazes our faces or stronger winds that blow in with greater force, like hurricanes, we recognize the wind by its feel and impact. So it is with the Holy Spirit. As we put our faith in Jesus Christ, God sends the power of his Holy Spirit to fill, expand, and inhabit these mortal bodies of ours. The more we yield to his power working in us, the less we feel the need to strive, struggle, or compete. In union with Christ, we have become heirs to the king of kings, our eternal future is secure, and our happiness is made complete. As our lives are inwardly transformed, the Holy Spirit empowers us with the capacity to serve God, expand his kingdom, and impact the world around us. We may not see the Holy Spirit or even understand where he comes from, but there is no denying the power of His presence and impact of His witness manifest in/through us.

Although the Rose- Breasted Grosbeak continued on his journey the following morning, I was left feeling somewhat relieved to realize that the capacity I have to know, love, and serve God has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit! Naturally, I’m ever hopeful to see the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak again next year. After all, you never know which way the wind may blow!:)

Inspired by the Nature of God
©Sabra Coker

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