It has been very windy today, possibly the strongest winds we have experienced for seven years? I hope you didn’t suffer any damage as a result. Strong winds are scary. [At this point the power went off….]
Yes, we do depend on electricity don’t we? I had been thinking that the wind is like God’s Holy Spirit – you can’t see it or tell where it’s come from or where it’s going, but you can feel the effect (especially when trying to walk in the opposite direction) and you can certainly see the impact it makes on other people and other things. In the New Testament the same Greek word can be translated as God’s breath or Spirit or wind: it’s pneuma as in pneumatic tyres. Electricity is similar in some ways in that you can’t usually see it (unless there are sparks from broken power lines) but it is powerful, useful, and dangerous if not used properly.
The power of God is more difficult to “put in a box” than either wind or electricity because God is not just a force but a living person who loves, acts and changes people’s lives. In C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Aslan (the great lion who represents Jesus) is being described: “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you!”
Peter replies, “I’m longing to see him, even if I do feel frightened when it comes to the point.” There is a right “fear of the Lord” – you wouldn’t mess around with electricity or wind power. Encountering the living God (whether you think of Creator or Jesus or Holy Spirit) can be scary and awesome, but is also wonderful, exciting and the best thing that ever happened to you.