Windspinner Garden

My first video post – had to get the windspinners with the gales we’ve had lately.

Sharon and I continue to add windspinners in the garden. For Valentines I gave here the colored one, and she gave me the “banana peel” – works out great for both of us. The green one on the fence was a Christmas present. The 12 ft. tall windmill is several years old and has really done some turning in its life.

We have three more windspinners that could show up here also. I’ll have more on those later.

 

 

Father’s Day Windspinner – Reacting to the Storms

New Windspinner in the Garden

New Windspinner in the Garden

 

Father's Day Windspinner

Father’s Day Windspinner

Here are a wide shot and closeup of the latest windspinner addition to the garden. Sharon gave it to me for Father’s Day. All the vanes are attached to one pipe so they turn together. Even in a strong wind, it doesn’t madly spin like the windmill and the other spinner on the blueberry frame. This new one takes its time, and seems to methodically turn as it sees fit. It can be soothing to watch – you can glance at the windmill spinning too fast to distinguish the blades, then see these blue vanes regularly advancing around – in no hurry but still in action.

Could be a good example in the stormy wind’s of life, and a reminder for us to remember Who is still in control in those storms.

And he (Jesus) awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:39-41 ESV

Like the Wind Spinning Windmills, The Holy Spirit Keeps Working

Windspinner Whirling

Windspinner Whirling

Windmill Spinning

Windmill Spinning

With the brisk winds lately, it’s been pleasant to look in the backyard and see the Holy Spirit working. Actually, not exactly that. But, it has been pleasant to pass a window, look toward the garden and see the windmill and wind spinner whirling away. Sometimes they are spinning so fast I wonder if they won’t go flying off into the air.

I usually smile and feel thankful for the blessing of these contraptions, and God’s creation silhouetting and surrounding them, and working with them.

Then, as I’ve mentioned before, I think of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said in John 3:8 (ESV) “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

In addition to hearing, we can also see the effects of the wind like that on these spinning gadgets.

And in many ways, we can see and hear the effects of the Holy Spirit working in this world. When we see or hear about people whose hearts and lives have been totally changed; when we see mercy given and received; When we hear someone praise God and know they really mean it.

But, often the most significant times we notice His presence are when it is personal. When we know our heart has been changed and we understand that Jesus is our Savior; When we give mercy and realize that wasn’t what our selfishness would have done; When we praise God and know we really mean it.

Those are the special times I think of when I look out my window and see the wind causing something to move.

Windspinners and the Holy Spirit

Windspinner 2

Windspinner 1

My wife, Sharon, gave me a windspinner for Christmas. Rather than calling it “the big one on the back of the blueberry netting frame”, I’ll refer to it as Windspinner 2 (WS2), and the original one on the front will be Windspinner 1 (WS1).

Windspinner 2 looks like a piece of art with its wide, curved vanes. Windspinner 1 has long, straight vanes, and reacts much like a propeller. With that shape, WS 1 only needs a slight breeze to set it in motion. A brisk wind spins it into a blur and you can’t distinguish the individual vanes (As info, the wheels are set to turn in opposite directions.)

WS 2 barely reacts to a light breeze. One wheel may rock back and forth, as if it’s considering spinning but unwilling to commit. It takes a strong, consistent wind to overcome the inertia and then keep it in motion. It doesn’t spin to a blur like WS1, and because of that, the curved vanes crisscrossing each other make a pulsating pattern that looks almost alive.

In John 3:8, Jesus likens the work of the Holy Spirit to the wind. We can perceive the effects of the wind but don’t know where it comes from or where it goes. These two gadgets reveal the effects of the wind differently – much as individual people reveal the effects of the Holy Spirit differently. Some react quickly, while others need a push and then slowly pick up speed.

That’s not meant to imply the Holy Spirit has to try different methods on a person until He finds one that is successful. The Holy Spirit is God, and when He has changed someone’s heart, He has perfect wisdom to know exactly how to turn, guide and help that person become what God wants them to be.

Perhaps someday I’ll post videos of the windspinners so you can see them in action. Until then, observe the various effects of the wind on the world around you. And, more than that, marvel as you see the Holy Spirit working in different individual’s lives, and praise God for the continuing miracle of saved souls.

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 ESV