Awake, o North Wind!
“Awake, O north wind and come, O south! Blow upon my garden that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits” (Song of Solomon 4:16).
The north wind is a strong one while the south wind is a mild one. If the trees in the garden are to yield tasty fruits, both these winds are essential. Since the North wind blows with a high speed, it helps in dry leaves shedding from the trees giving way for the new shoots to come out. Thus the north wind is very essential in cleansing the garden.
Similarly, the sins and iniquities of the church will be removed and the movement of the Holy Spirit will come in when the Holy Spirit blows like a storm and strictly makes people understand what righteousness and judgement are.
This is the period of the Holy Spirit. This is the time during which the Holy Spirit will be poured on all the flesh. Will He not pour the Holy Spirit on you, who is the member of the church of Christ? Will not your sons and daughters prophesy? Will not your youth witness the vision and your elders, the dreams?
On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit blew over the one hundred and twenty persons waiting in the upper house, it brought the fiery tongues on every believer. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. Will you pray for the north wind to blow on you strongly?
The other wind is the south wind which brings in comfort and consoles the heart. Generally, people will like the south wind more than the other winds. It brings sweetness, peace and joy into the heart. For the souls which experience sufferings and sorrows for the whole of their lifetime, the south wind will provide mild refreshment.
At the same time, while bringing the power and the new strength, the Holy Spirit also brings comfort and consolation. “Comfort, yes, comfort my people!” says your God” (Isaiah 40:1). The sweet characteristic of a mother is to encourage her children with care and concern. The voice of the mother is similar to that of the blowing of the south wind. “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13).
Dear children of God, let the wind blow on you. Some winds provide comfort touching the body. But the mild wind which blows from the heaven touches the soul. It provides refreshment to the soul, gives hope and makes one rejoice.
To meditate: “A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed” (Song of Solomon 4:12).