Running With or Against?


Often my sister and I find our conversations turn to the subject of her husband’s training as a marathon runner.  It was during one of these conversations that she made the comment “he is running like the wind”.

After I was off the phone with her I began thinking about my own life in respect to how I “run” it.   During my school years I was quite the runner.  I could beat most any boy on the elementary school playground.  I thought that was pretty cool since everyone knew boys had “cooties”.   I got more serious in Jr High and participated in track and field events.  But, I was never any good at long distance races.  I simply didn’t have the endurance.  As an adult I found out about fast twitch versus slow twitch muscles and finally understood why I could “run like the wind” but not for very long.  It is becuase I have fast twitch muscles (or at least I did…not sure as I get older just what muscle I have at all!)

The Holy Spirit is referred to as “wind” in many places in the Bible.    We also talk about moving as the Holy Spirit leads us.  I believe this could also be said as “moving where the Holy Spirits blows us”.

So, the question begs to be asked: Am I running with or against the Holy Spirit wind in my life?  If I am running like the wind because life is busy and there are so many commitments and responsibilites to attend to each day (my fast twitch muscle response to life in general) – am I going the direction the Holy Spirit is blowing me…or the opposite direction?  I am not asking whether being busy and attending to life’s constant tugs are, in themselves, running with or against the wind of  the Holy Spirit.  I can definitely be running like the wind AND running with the wind of the Holy Spirit.  Rather, I am asking, at this very moment…am I running with or against the Holy Spirit.

Culture tells me that it is ALL ABOUT ME.  But the truth is – it about what I am allowing the Holy Spirit to do in my life.

John 3:8 says: “Like the wind, spirit is invisible. A person cannot see it move or work. However, one can see the effect of what the Spirit does. One can see how it acts on things—just as the wind going through a tree full of leaves. One cannot see the wind, but everyone has seen how it makes the tree’s leaves and the branches sway. Some have perhaps witnessed a strong wind knock a nest out of a tree or rip leaves or branches off a tree, but not the wind itself. It is the same with the Spirit. The Spirit moves, and we then can see people react. The people do things. A work gets done. What we see is not the Spirit itself, but the Spirit’s fruit.”

If you are a runner you know how hard it is to run against a strong wind, and conversely how easy it is to run with a tailwind. You cannot see the wind, but it definitely affects you physically.

The same is true of  Holy Spirit wind.  Running with the wind of the Holy Spirit will give you momentum – not wear you out!  Are you fatigued, worn-out and discouraged.  May I challenge you to pray whether you might be running against the Holy Spirit wind?  I also invite you to comment on this post if you would like prayer…or you can fill out my contact page on to remain anonymous.

Run like the Wind and Run WITH the Wind of the Holy Spirit…it will be the greatest blessing you can experience!