A Lesson from Hurricane Florence

A Lesson from Hurricane Florence

“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.”  John 3:8

My NIV footnote says, “The Holy Spirit is sovereign. The Spirit works as it pleases in the renewal of the human heart.”

Since most people in North and South Carolina were focused on the “wind” last week and the sermon liturgy and title “Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk were planned two or three weeks ago, I have to assume the Spirit is speaking to me about talking the talk.

I worry all the time about the church (people that make up the church), and I try to listen to what they are saying. The hardest thing to hear from a church member is “I’m leaving the church.” Always my first reaction is “It must be my fault.” What have I said or done to cause this person to leave. But as we have learned from Hurricane Florence: The wind (Spirit) blows wherever it wants to blow and we may try to predict the path or prepare for the wind, but when all is said and done, the Spirit is so sovereign it is not dependent on us!

For those who are moving out-of-town or feel the Spirit nudging you to another community of faith, go with our blessings. For those of us who feel the Spirit “tethering” us to this special place we call Palmetto, let’s pray that the wind (Spirit) will blow some new folks in to share in our ministry. And for all of us, may we feel the winds of Pentecost each and every day.

Come Holy Spirit Come.

Grace and peace,

Mike