“When the day of Pentecost came, they [the disciples] were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”— Acts 2:1-4
The other day I sat on a rock at a local preserve and sketched the birches near the parking lot. I sat in the sun and the wind was blowing all around me. Brilliant yellow leaves rustled loudly in the birches, their brilliance matched only by the blue sky. The trees and bushes near them creaked back and forth as leaves cascaded down around me. Dead and dying grasses and weeds buckled to and fro, at the mercy of the wind.
The wind roared in my ears, and with it, I thought: “Change is in the air.” As I sat and sketched, I could feel it in nature, and in my soul. Around me was dead and dying plant material— fallen leaves, dried-out weeds, well past their season. I saw acorns on the path, fallen from their perches on high, discarded, it seemed. The photo above is of a piece I created in the spring time. I used discarded leaves and sticks from last autumn to capture a story of “Hanging On.”
Sometimes I feel like that is life and its journey. “Hanging on” to each day, each experience, each prayer, then launching off into something new. Not knowing where the wind of the Holy Spirit will blow us, trusting we are going somewhere….
Just as the Holy Spirit came as a mighty wind to the disciples at Pentecost, so the Holy Spirit blows into our lives, moving us, equipping us, calling us. Change is in the air in each of our lives. Today and tomorrow will never be the same as days past. Each day is a new beginning. Where might the wind of the Spirit be blowing change into your life today? Sit in the wind, feel it, and follow it.
Prayer— “Holy Spirit: with you, change is always in the air. Open our hearts and minds to embrace the changes you have for us and equip us to follow you. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.