Power of the Wind
Posted by: Pastor Noel Dionson October 1st, 2016
One of my Facebook friends shared a post about a Wind Tree. The Wind Tree looks like a tree but it harnesses power from the wind through its “leaves.” Each leaf or Aeroleaf is a vertical turbine. When the wind blows the Aeroleaf rotates and electricity is produced.
Let’s say you have 10 meter Wind Tree with 63 Aeroleafs, this will produce on average 2,400 kWh of electricity. This power is equivalent to 1,905 lbs. of coal or 414-gallon jerrycans of fuel. This power is enough to light 15 street lamps with 50 watt bulbs or 1,000 sq. ft. of low-consumption office (20 kWh/sq. yard).
Because it looks like a tree, it can be placed in both urban and rural settings. There are no ugly cables or generators in sight since they are all hidden in the trunk and branches. It is also operates silently. So the Wind Tree looks promising considering its form and function and it is already being used in a number of places around the world.
The Wind Tree has taken advantage of the wind’s power. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is likened to the wind because it is also invisible and has power. Jesus mentioned in John 3:8 the Holy Spirit’s invisibility: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit" (NIV). What Jesus was trying to say here is that you cannot see the Holy Spirit but you will see its work like giving new life to a person.
In Acts 2:2, Luke described the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem with these words: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting” (NIV). The Holy Spirit came like a violent wind and then manifested itself like tongues of fire upon the disciples and they started speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:3-4).
Both in John and Acts, the Spirit’s power is also evident. In John, Jesus explained that the Holy Spirit has the power to give new life. In Acts, it showed the power to do supernatural phenomenon. It came as violent wind. But later tongues of fire came on each one of the disciples and they spoke in other languages. Their speaking in other languages was a sign that they were filled with the Holy Spirit and were ready for the spiritual gifts that God would give them as a fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy (Acts 2:16-22).
Just like the Wind Tree, we must harness the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has the power to make sure that we will be successful in our Christian walk and the power to minister. Let us come to the Holy Spirit when we are weak spiritually. It wants to preserve the new life it has given us. Let us come to the Spirit to guide us and give gifts to better minister God and His people.