Recently my family and I relocated from Portland OR to Waco TX. Even more recent we landed in our own space after living in temporary housing for approximately two months. As I stare out our new living room windows I began to observe a common natural occurrence: wind. Immediately I’m reminded of the statement Jesus made in John 3 when declaring those born of the Spirit are like the wind. You don’t see where the wind comes from or where it is going but you can hear its sound and you see the evidence of its power by the bending of the trees.

It occurred to me that we cannot force the wind to blow but we can recognize its work, power, and location. It is the same with the Spirit of God. We don’t try harder and do better to get God to move. Trust me, God doesn’t work like that. In fact God is always moving! Always! When we have a pre-determined ideas of how He will move it can be easy to miss what He is doing, because He is working outside our understanding of His nature and character. The more we learn to recognize God at work, the more we see the effects of His activity in people’s lives around us. The more we recognize His activity, the more we can participate with Him in what He is doing, rather than convince Him to do what we are doing.

My encouragement to you is do not work to make the wind of the Spirit blow. That would be like making a tree fall by the flapping of your arms or the blowing of your lungs. Ridiculous. Instead, learn the ways of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate your understanding to His nature and character and begin to observe the signs of the Spirit all around you! God really is moving all the time! He is accelerating people’s revelation of Jesus even if they don’t quite realize it yet.

This is the essence of the renewing of the mind we see in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” That last phrase is so powerful. When we awaken to what Jesus accomplished and view all of life through His victorious life and work then we can approve (recognize) the will of God! This verse means we are now acquainted with the nature and character of God and can recognize, “That’s God,” or “That’s not God!” A renewed mind recognizes the wind of the Spirit at work in the communities we live in and can participate with Him in the lives of those in our midst.

Let Jesus open your eyes to see Him and yourself from His perspective. Allow Him to show you by the Spirit and through His word what the nature of God is like. Then watch as you see God move in the most unlikely places. This my friends is good news!