There is a 245 year old windmill from the Netherlands on Windmill Island, a city park in Holland, Michigan. It even has a name, De Zwaan, which means in Dutch, graceful bird.
As I was walking through the park yesterday, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me. I was reminded of Jesus’ teaching that the Holy Spirit is like the wind. He said: “The wind blows wherever it pleases, you hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
As a looked at the windmill I suddenly realized that although the windmill cannot direct the wind, it can yield to it in three ways. The blades can be unlocked so that the wind can move them. The frame of the blades can be covered with sales so that the wind can turn them. And the blades can be rotated to face the wind so the wind can have a powerful impact on them.
The same three principles apply to us and the Holy Spirit. We need to be unlocked from tradition and from the fear of what people will think about us, so that the Holy Spirit can freely move us. We need to be clothed with humility so that God’s wind can turn us where He wills. And we need to face the wind; to focus on, be attentive to, obey, and seek to live in the direct presence of the Holy Spirit.
We must make a continual effort to yield to and respond to the Holy Spirit. If we refuse to and/or neglect to intentionally yield to the Spirit, then we will find that we are resisting the Spirit and disobeying the New Testament Scripture that says: “Quench not the Spirit.”
If we break out of the box of tradition; clothe ourself in humility; and focus on, listen to, and obey the Holy Spirit, we will be God’s graceful bird soaring in the wind of the Spirit.