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Echoes From the Campfire
March 1, 2018

     "I think there is something here, something more than all you see and feel...it's in the wind.... But you do not know what music is until you have heard the wind in the cedars, or the far-off wind in the pines."
          --Louis L'Amour (Conagher)

     "For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is his name!"
          --Amos 4:13 (NLT)
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                    "Listen to the wind, wonder what he's sayin'?
                     See that will bend, everything is swayin'.
                     Seems to be a sadness in the sighing of the wind...."
                                  --Bob Nolan

March! Is the wind howling in your neck of the woods? Remember the old saying March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. So far, not much wind, at least not heavy. But I've been in a few windstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes aside.
     It was a few years back. Annie and went camping in the high desert country on the border of Wyoming and Utah. Camp was set up but there was the threat of rain. The skies darkened so we went inside the tent. Sometime in the night the storm broke loose. It rained and the wind did really howl. I remember Annie asking if I thought that the tent might blow away. I told her that it would blow away, because we went in it, but it might come down. The sound of the wind in the pines was not a lullaby, more like Beethoven's "Fifth." The next morning, the skies were clear, the tent was standing and we had a good vacation.
     I would like a little wind right now. We have had so much rain, that we need some dry days to work on the house. If there could be a little wind, things would dry out much faster. Right now everything is muddy, with puddle all over the place. Wind would help them dry up. As a kid, back in Colorado, I can remember that sometimes we would get a Chinook wind. It would come in melting the snow.
     But there is something about listening to the wind. It is one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when the "wind" blows do we listen? He may sound like a "mighty, rushing wind" as He did when the Spirit was poured out upon those in the upper room. He may be a cooling breeze in the midst of a hot day. The question is, do we listen?
     Ephesians 4:30 states, "And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption." (NLT) Other versions say, "do not grieve" the Holy Spirit. Is there a "sadness in the sighing of the wind"? When God's own people follow their discretions instead of following and obeying the Word of God there is sorrow in the Holy Spirit. It would behoove us to seek again our "first love" and listen to the sound of the "Wind."

                                               --Don Adkisson

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