You can never sail directly into the wind. You sail about 45 degrees off. Depending upon your boat, you may get closer. This is called making wind or sailing windward, by some sailors. When you go against the wind, it’s blowing at ten miles an hour, and you travel towards it at five, you have about fifteen miles of apparent wind. Because apparent wind will appear to come from an different direction than true wind. Turn your boat around and that same ten mile an hour wind will only push you eight miles an hour, and you wont’ feel much breeze. It’ll just give you an easy ride.

Any direction you sail, the apparent wind will be different from true wind, because it always takes your own motion and direction into account. Sometimes we don’t think the Holy Spirit is doing much, but it’s because we are sailing downwind, covering more ground than we sense. Although you can use your apparent wind, it’s best to keep in mind where the true wind is coming from, because the minute you change course, you need to know this. If you chance according to apparent wind you will be surprised to find yourself directly against the wind with no control.

As Jesus pointed out, “The wind blows where it wishes. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)