Soaring effortlessly on the currents the seagulls seemed to dance on the wind. With barely a flap of their wings they used the breeze to turn, to dive, and even hover in the air. The strong winds instead of grounding these birds only buoyed them in their flight. Have you ever spent time watching seagulls navigate the air currents in this way?
As I watched the gulls by the harbor on that windy day I was reminded of some of the strong winds that often blow in a believer’s life. They can ground us and cause us to tuck in our feathers and hide somewhere. But I realized that God has equipped all of His children with wings: the wings of the Spirit. Jesus told us in John 14:26,27: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. I noticed in that verse the close connection of the Spirit with the peace that Jesus promised to give us. When we are walking in the Spirit we can enjoy the peace Jesus spoke of. We have been given the person of the Holy Spirit who helps us handle the storms and to rise above the strong winds. The Holy Spirit enables us to use those trials to carry us to places the Father wants us to soar.
Have the harsh winds of physical trials or family turmoil blown you off course? Have you experienced a dizzying downdraft of an unexpected financial problem? Spread your wings. Trust the blessed Holy Spirit to help you rise high above the trials. Enjoy the uplifting draft of that peace that Jesus promised. Instead of flapping through on your own, soar on the wings of the Spirit.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation