My women’s Bible study class is working through Beth Moore’s new study on 1&2 Thessalonians. This week, we did some thinking about the Holy Spirit, and how He is sometimes metaphorically referred to as wind.
I first started thinking about the meaning of this verse back in college in 1789. My undergrad degree is in dance and theater. I choreographed a piece for the annual dance concert one year, using John 3:8 as inspiration.There was no music, and I made these props for the dancers Lynn, Paulie, and Pam. They were plastic drinking straws stitched on long pieces of elastic. The dancers used the props with many kinds of movement qualities: whipped them around, softly moved them back and forth,with rhythm and without. They made their own music, simulating the wind; sometimes whispers and sometimes near roars. Just like the Holy Spirit. It was pretty cool.
Back to class this week in 2014….Beth gave us an assignment to write down characteristics and things we know about the wind. Think about how these words that describe the wind, relate to the Holy Spirit:
ebbs and flows
soft or strong
a powerful source of free energy
can move objects
you can hear it coming
the sound can be soothing or frightening
you can hide from it
you can’t see it
you cannot control it
and my favorite: it can feed a fire
Can you think of any more?
This page in my journaling bible was done with watercolor pencils (tutorial), a water brush, and a black micron pen.
I am praying for the Holy Spirit to feed the little fire in me.
Count it all joy (James 1:2),