I did not see the beginning of this kite mishap but I can just imagine it! The wind this day was not so terribly strong but it was capricious. The dangling string did nothing to help free it from the tree’s clutches and of course climbing the tree proved too difficult. As far as I know, the kite is still there, victim to the wind’s change of direction.
Today’s verse likens the work of the Spirit to the wind. Man has learned how to harness the power of the wind, but we still cannot control where it is coming from. Man has no say in when it will arrive, how strong it will be or when it will abate. In the same way, we cannot explain the movement of God’s Spirit but we do see the results. We see His presence by the change affected in hearts and lives.
Just as I cannot control the wind, I cannot control God’s Spirit. He is a Person, not just a force of nature. I do not have the power to oblige Him to do anything. He is God, and it would be presumptuous of me to think that I could control Him! His power and how He chooses to use it is part of what makes Him God. But I can be assured through His Word that His movements are not capricious but purposeful and good. No, I do not control Him. What I desire most is that His Spirit controls me.
Lord, may Your Spirit empower and direct me today.