I painted this picture today on a typical Melbourne grey, cold and drizzly Saturday. On reflection my normal default mind set is to whinge and complain but no more. St Francis, in his famous prayer “ The Canticle of Creatures”, welcomes the wind in all its manifestations and directly associates it with God’s work as Creator Brother Wind. For him there is no such thing as bad weather any longer as every day in all its moods revealed something of the presence and wonder of God. The element of wind invites us to open ourselves to a God who flows in directions we cannot predict or control. Our response is a radical posture of surrender in releasing our hold on our own plans and making room for God to blow in the most life-giving direction.