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It must be a moment of anxiety when pilots lifted off their balloons at the annual Balloon Classic at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. These big lumbering airships are not that maneuverable. They’re at the whim of the wind.
Doesn’t it seem that our lives are often blown about by different winds?
We’re blown by the wind of anger. We’re blown by the wind of jealousy. We’re blown by the wind of inadequacy.
At Jesus’ resurrection a new wind was blown on the disciples and is still blown on the church through the waters of baptism. It is the wind of God’s Spirit.
“After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'” John 20:22 God’s Word to the Nations
Though we might not always feel the breath of the Spirit, it is this Spirit of the resurrected Christ that leads and directs our lives. It is this Spirit who will eventually bring us to our own resurrection where we will no longer struggle with the different winds of anxiety that seek to guide our lives.
Copyright Douglas P. Brauner