The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. John 3:8This passage of scripture comes in between the story of the Wedding of Cana where Jesus turns water into wine and the encounter with the Woman at the Well. In this story Nicodemus, a Pharisee, questions Jesus about the signs he has done. And Jesus speaks about the Spirit, Wind of God, and what it means to be part of the kingdom of God by having to be born from above through baptism by water and Spirit. But what if we were to read this text against the grain and focus on the discipleship component. This raises a number of interesting possibilities for our life of faith.
If the Spirit blows where it wills, that means that we can never be sure when the Spirit is present in the people we encounter and the situations we find ourselves in. We would need to start opening ourselves up to an awareness of how God may be acting in the people we are encountering. If God is present what would we then be called to say and do as followers of Jesus? Would we act differently, speak differently, because we knew that God is at work in the situation and we are meant to be God’s hands and feet in the world.
What if during this month you were to take a day, an afternoon, an hour and allow the wind to blow you? What if you asked God to use you this day, to guide you to a person who needs a word of hope, who needs a sympathetic ear, who needs to be confronted with truth. Would your life be changed by the movement of the Spirit as your guide?
Spirit, spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free,
Spirit, spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.
You moved on the water, you called to the deep,
Then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
And over the eons you called to each thing,
“Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.” Jim Manley
May God’s Spirit blow through you calling, freeing, stirring you to new places and people,