One of the most frequently asked questions relates to whether these words are generic or specific. Do they apply corporately or personally? The answer is both! Taken together we are the Body of Christ, but we are members individually. The Bible says that when one member suffers, we all suffer with it.
(1 Corinthians 12:26) So, as the Lord speaks to the Body, of which we are members, He speaks to us. Conversely, when the enemy attacks the Body, all of the members are affected specifically; it is the same attack manifested differently in various situations and circumstances individually.
Another question that pops up regularly has to do with the title, "Small Straws in a Soft Wind." Where does it come from and what does it mean? Consider John 3:8, "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." His word comes in a still, small voice and is ushered in by the wind of the Spirit. Unless you are very still, the word can float by so softly that it can go unnoticed. The picture always comes to mind of sitting quietly in the warm sunshine with a gentle breeze rustling your hair and brushing your cheek when a small blade of dried grass, a dandelion seed, or a golden leaf drifts by. Unless you are paying attention you could miss it. But just as it gently glides by, you reach out and pluck it out of the air. He wants us to enjoy the sunshine of His love and the Wind of His Spirit as we catch the small straw of His gentle voice.