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Blowin' in the Wind

Blowin' in the Wind

by Josh Caudill

The book of John is full of mystery. It is a beautiful and confounding account of the life of Jesus. And in the story John tells us of Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus, we see a profoundly beautiful and frustrating description of the movements of the Spirit and the way of the people of God.

"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

This is the English Standard Version's translation of Jesus' response to Nicodemus in John 3:8, and it is almost as confusing as His claim, just one verse prior, that those who hope to enter the Kingdom must be "born again".

The Greek and Hebrew words for "spirit" and "wind" are identical, however, and Jesus' statement is not just about nature--the atmosphere and how the winds blow--but about the nature of the spiritual world around us. The wind blows where it wishes, as does the Spirit.

But not only does the Spirit blow where He wishes, "so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." It is the very nature of the people of God. We blow about, not as whimsical gusts blowing aimlessly, but as One. As a unified current, blowing wherever He pleases, we go forth.

And, Jesus says, you do not know where He comes from or where He goes, this Spirit, this Wind of God. But you hear His sound.

This week, I pray that we're all listening. I pray that we will listen to where the Spirit is moving, and that we will each allow enough silence in our lives to listen for his movement and to allow ourselves to follow suit.

And may those listening around us also hear our sound--our message of the Kingdom--as we go.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill