It was a calm, windless day. Despite the weather, the members of the sailing club were hopeful they would soon be launching their
Their sails were ready, but … with no wind and only calm waters, no-one was going anywhere!
Some sailors tried to manoeuvre their crafts by paddling into the open water and propelling with their hands, but soon realised their efforts
were being wasted. They decided to join the people in the club house and wait for the wind. It was only after a good while that a gentle breeze began to blow and soon people were in their boats. Now, with full sails, they skimmed out towards the open sea.
This scene can be a reminder of how the Holy Spirit can work in our lives. The Bible sometimes describes the Holy Spirit as wind and sometimes, like the sailors we may have to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. There are occasions, from a spiritual standpoint, nothing seems to be happening – for weeks and months on end. During these waiting times we may wonder what purpose God has for us.
The impatient sailors are a reminder to us that we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Those sailors soon discovered that without the directing power of the wind, they were wasting their time and energy. It can be tempting for us to think we can go it alone, and not be guided by the Holy Spirit.
The people in the sailing club might have left their boats to do other things, but they were also watching for signs around them of the coming wind. No one was packing up and going home! They were waiting with a purpose.
In our times of stillness and waiting, we can watch for the signs of God as He works in the Church, in the community and in the world.
We pray and worship together, and enjoy social times with each other, in readiness for God to move us into the course He has planned for us.
Our waiting times may have come on us due to various circumstances. The outlook may not be encouraging. But God is with us and He knows what we need now, and how He can use us in the future.
Those sailors on the shore anticipated their time afloat. Similarly, in our waiting times we anticipate to do the things of God!
The season may soon come when we are guided, prompted, incited and directed by the wind of God who will move us in the right direction.
Let’s put up the sails to let God blow afresh into our lives!
With many peaceful blessings