Scarves are worn everywhere and throughout every season in France. There are heavy winter ones and smaller indoor ones to dress up an outfit. Men wear them almost as much as women. When the sun is strong, vendors are even on the beaches selling them. The scarves in summer are lightweight and keep the sun off the neck and shoulders. Scarves are worn regardless of the temperature and are especially worn when there might be a current of air. Most of my French friends are convinced that a cold could be caught as the result of that breeze coming in the window!
Today’s verse talks about living by the Spirit of God. The Greek word used for Spirit is “pneuma” and means to breathe or blow. The Spirit is like the wind (John 3:8) being invisible and powerful. But that wind can also be light and gentle, like a soft current of air. It can be easy to miss if we are not paying attention. Living by the Spirit is being sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. He gives us the wisdom and understanding to know and follow what God wants (Col. 1:9).
Sometimes, the leading of His Spirit is unmistakeable as He steers me clear of compromising situations or obvious sin. But other times I can easily miss what He wants and be “out of step.” My own will is awfully strong and frankly, I do not always want to ask for His. However, keeping in step with Him is far better as He makes my path straight when I acknowledge and submit to Him (Prov. 3:5-6). His way is always better.
Lord, help me follow Your Spirit today.