4th September 2012

“Wherever You Go Is Fine With Me”

“So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
John 3:8 (NIV)

I got my first real whiff of what being ‘born again’ is like when our 6 year old granddaughter came to stay with us for a week. She was ecstatically happy to be with us, and for the life of me I couldn’t work out why, because I can’t run around like I used to, so I’m not much fun to be with. 

When she came to stay, therefore, I wondered what on earth we could do to keep her occupied. She had the energy of three nuclear power stations, while I tottered in her wake on worn out batteries. Would she be so bored by Day 2 that she’d be crying for home? 

By Day 6, however, she was still happy. She scampered down the front path each morning as happily as she did on Day 1. To her it didn’t matter where we were going, though, because wherever Grampy was going was just fine with her. And if all Grampy could manage was a trip to the Library where he fell into a chair and read a newspaper, it was still fine with her, because just being together was enough. 

Her trust and contentment in whatever we did together was a joy—and a wonderful illustration too, for me, of John chapter 3. Because that’s where Jesus tells Nicodemus what being born again was like, and up pops this remarkable explanation from Jesus in verse 8: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

When we’re born of the Spirit we have no idea where the Spirit’s taking us, just like my granddaughter had no idea where I was taking her each morning. It was no problem for her, though, because Grampy knew where he was going and that was all that mattered. She was able to scamper into each day, then, in total trust and contentment.

And according to Jesus, that’s what it’s like being born of the Spirit. He said as much in John 14:16-18, too. The Spirit would live with us and be with us forever, he said. Every moment of every day, then, we have a Spirit guide and companion. Where he’s going, we do not know, but he knows—and for my granddaughter with me as her guide and companion—that was all that mattered. 

Dear Father, you don’t leave us alone for one second! You’re always with us, intimately involved in our lives, and thank you for those times when we can really see it, especially when we feel alone.

 Study by Jonathan Buck

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