The secret to a wind turbine’s success is apparently its ability to pivot.
I’m no expert, but watching these modern versions of the windmill as I drive the countryside of Germany gives me confidence I am correct.
Joyce and I are here to visit and encourage our Cadence Europe staff and to present about six hours of their conference training. They are amazing people who are ministering to the American military in wonderful and fruitful ways. Being their advocates is truly one of the most fulfilling aspects of our roles in Cadence.
I am struck by the parallels between all our lives and ministries and these spinning marvels throughout Europe.
Most wind turbines must face the wind. Their ability to generate electricity depends on the long blades being pushed by the greatest possible force of the wind. Thus, the pivot—they move to face the wind and maximize the effectiveness of their work.
Jesus said in John 3:8, “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.”
Jesus is teaching His disciples that the Holy Spirit is not under our control. The Spirit moves where He wills for God’s purposes. It is then our responsibility to position ourselves for the greatest opportunity to receive His power, direction, and fruit. We are to “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
Admittedly, I am too often surprised by the direction from which the power of the Spirit moves. It is not always in direct proportion to my actions, strategies, and intentions. Rather, He sometimes sends His power from the direction of suffering, hardship, unexpected news, and from interruptions and interference of my plans. It is my job in these moments to trust God with the unforeseen changes and receive this promised blessing and power from Him.
Since one of our key purposes is to generate life, energy, and encouragement to those around us, it is imperative that we pivot towards the Spirit in order to maximize His power in producing this life.
And so my friends, I encourage you to be watchful for the Spirit’s work in the unexpected, the difficult, and the challenging, and do what He is asking of you in these moments . . . face the Wind.