I have felt like that in days and years past.
It is like walking against the wind on a stormy, rainy dark evening and the wind is constantly blowing your umbrella inside out. (Didn’t someone write a song years ago about “running against the wind”?)
In sailing terms, ‘running against the wind’ are words that do not belong together.
I learned how to sail the summer of my fourteenth year. I felt that summer as if the wind had been knocked out of my sails and I was running against the wind. Going nowhere, stuck in a difficult place and season.
You see, a month earlier I had had an abortion and my Dad thought sailing lessons would be a great gift to me to cheer me up. Little did he know, that forty-three years later, I would still be gleaning information from those sunny, summer days when the days of childhood had slipped away.
In sailing, we always need to choose a point to head toward on the horizon. There are different tactics we need to use for different weather conditions that will take us to our desired location. Otherwise, we are adrift at sea with no direction.
We need to know the direction of the wind so we can put into practice some specific sailing terms we have learned. It is the same principle, as faith without works is dead.
When we ‘run’, we are at full sail with the wind behind us. It is wonderful. Wind blowing in our hair, we seem to have not a care in the world and life is good. Bliss would be an appropriate word to express how we are feeling.
Another term is ‘beat’, when we are sailing against the wind by tacking. This is when we need to take a zigzagging course towards the wind towards our desired location. Sailing this way we must remain focused and alert. The waves can be high, the water is choppy and we must pay attention to the wind changes as well.
With both of these sailing tactics, we have wind in our sail but different techniques and strategies are used.
It is not always easy but a seasoned sailor knows what is required of him.
The Holy Spirit wants to be the wind in our sails. The Holy Spirit wants to be the One who empowers us.
Sometimes we need to change our direction so we can catch the wind of the Holy Spirit who has never ceased the blowing of His breath upon our lives.
I wonder today, would you look at your life through the eyes of the Holy Spirit and see if He shows you anywhere you are trying to run against the wind instead of catching His wind?
When you ask the Holy Spirit to fill your sails with His wind He will. Hang on because He will take you places you only dreamed!
When we run with His wind at our back, we will live in His plans, purposes and dreams. Our hearts will know joy unspeakable when we walk in His perfect will for our lives.
He has such wonderful plans for us, our job is to yield and surrender to Holy Spirit.
Will you choose today to rest in the power of God’s Word, the precious Holy Spirit and trust you recognize His Voice in order to follow His leading?
Catching His Wind,