Air is so often something we term “invisible”. It cannot be seen or heard. It cannot be felt. It cannot be smelled or tasted. We know it exists, logically, but we cannot experience it…Until it starts to move.
Then, we call it wind.
We still cannot taste or smell it, but we can feel it. We can see it move things, objects, leaves, kites, pinwheels. We see people’s hair rise into a strange array of musical designs as the wind sweeps it up. We see scarves fly and hats held tightly to heads as the wind blows by. We can hear the wind as it howls past windows and rattles shutters.
The Invisible…becomes visible.
Not only does the wind become visible…its effects become visible. High waves in the ocean, branches snapping from trees, a bush blowing across the road, leaves swirling in the air as the wind catches them up in its force. intricate designs carved in age-old rocks or in the desert sand. In time, wind settles. Air becomes still again…But the effects are lasting.
Waves take hours or days to settle back to their natural calm ebb & flow.
Leaves remain in a disarray scattered into odd-looking clumps in the yard.
Tree branches litter the ground, separated permanently from their life-giving trunks.
New forms are left engraved into rocks forever changed.
Our hair remains tangled despite the now-still air.
The Invisible…is seen, heard, & has been experienced by us now.
I ask myself “What could it be in my life that seems invisible, but could be visible if I look for it through God’s eyes?”
What has God placed within you, that may seem invisible now, that you can use to teach those who surround you a lesson about Him?
Is it grace? Is it mercy? Is it love? Is it sacrifice? Is it leadership? Is it self-control? Is it joy? Is it peace? Is it one of a thousand other things?
God has put an invisible wind within you. A wind that can change things, if you let it. A wind that only He can stir, and He waits for us to release it, to allow it to ignite change.
Feeling this invisible wind become stirred often leaves us with fear in our heart. It often leaves us with self-doubt, or uncertainty. We usually feel unqualified or incapable of “doing anything that matters with this”. It’s often uncomfortable. This wind often stirs at “the worst time”.
But maybe, just maybe, its in God’s timing and not ours that this invisible wind within us stirs. Maybe it isn’t for our benefit to ‘release’ the invisible…but for someone else’s.
Maybe it’s for one of our spectators in life: A spouse. A child. A parent. A friend. A cousin. An aunt. An uncle. A grandparent. That person walking down the street. The person on the other end of the phone. A friend of a friend. Another patient in the doctor’s office waiting room. An acquaintance. The babysitter. A friend’s child. A neighbor…the list could, of course. continue. But I think you get the point. We have spectators, whether we want them or not. Spectators unknowingly waiting for our invisible to change them.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18* “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
Hebrews 11:6* “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
How will allowing your invisible to become visible please God?
How will doing this help you? How will it help others?
It is a gift, the wind.
We don’t always see it as such; but we often find ourselves in wonder at the force and strength of the results of the wind that, so often, is invisible. We marvel at the sand dunes or Grand Canyon or Stonehenge, wind holes in great rocks, gorgeous, layered patterns in the desert sand- all due to wind.
Wind that became visible.
It came with force, and was ugly and brought great fear to many people. Wind that could have destroyed…and seemingly did, in some respects… but also brought a new, great and lasting beauty. It destroyed the “old” to make room for the “new”. I think that the wind is an example of what God can do with us and within us…if we will allow Him to.
I am certain that allowing our wind to come out will present us with challenges. But I believe it will also lead to many, many blessings as a result of our faith in the One who stirred this wind within us initially. These blessings will come from choosing- of our own free will- to live by faith. And, I believe, that we will be rewarded for stepping out in faith.
Letting the ‘wind’ within us out may bring change, in fact that is pretty likely. It may bring what seems like destruction…and we will question it. Yet, it could be that this destruction can and will lead to a new and greater beauty. A new and greater faith. A new and greater you in Christ.
Will you let it out? Will you let your invisible become visible?
*scripture referenced from NLT version of the Holy Bible.