Wind…

Today I went on a prayer walk…it was brisk and windy…as I walked there was a large oak leaf on the path in front of me…dried up, stiff and pushed by the breeze…it stayed ahead of me for quite some distance…other leaves on the path were undisturbed…but somehow this one leaf kept being pushed forward at the whim of the wind until eventually it skipped off into the grass.

I was drawn to think about the nature of wind in our world…we usually take it for granted, or just tolerate it…mostly we ignore it…it’s just a part of nature and since we don’t really know what it is we shrug our shoulders and move on to more tangible realities.

But have you ever really thought about the wind?

Where does it come from?

What exactly is it?

Where is it going?

What makes it happen? And how come you cannot see it?

Science has found a few places in our atmosphere they can somewhat predict streams of wind…but for the most part they are limited and in a local situation just rely on historical data to predict what the wind will do, because really no one knows for sure, we can only guess at best.

So here is this totally random force of nature, that is deeply imbedded into our world and we frankly know very little about it…

When Nicodemas came to visit Jesus at night (out of fear by the way, fear of what his friends would say) Jesus told him to not be amazed, don’t be surprised, don’t misunderstand the fact that everyone needs to be born from the top down (ano-then in the Greek, “from above, anew, again, from the beginning”)…we like to short hand the mystery by saying “born again” and have created an entire culture that really strays from the original meaning quite a bit in my opinion.

When we say someone is “born again” what we typically mean is that they have had some kind of religious encounter with God and have joined into the common church culture as we currently express it…they got “saved”, “asked Jesus into their heart” or “gave their life to God”…as if those things were what Jesus meant…but when I look at the passage in John 3 I find a hard time extracting our model from the words Jesus said…

Our model is predictable, uniform, consistent…we all get in the same way, we bow our heads raise our hands and say a sinners prayer (as if there were any other kind of prayer from human lips)…

But Jesus said the wind blows where it wants, it makes some noise and everyone hears it, but no one knows where it’s going or where it came from, and THAT is the way EVERYONE who is born from the top down behaves…in other words, this new birth experience would make you completely unpredictable…maybe noisy, but no one would be able to tell what you would do next…where you would go, where you were coming from…if you are born again, then YOU are supposed to be like the wind.

For years I attributed that part of the passage in John to the Spirit, but that is not what Jesus said, and frankly it would have been redundant to say it that way, the very word “Spirit” means wind…no Jesus says its the people who have been born by the Spirit that act like the wind, not the Spirit itself.

He then goes on to talk about being in heaven as he is talking to Nick at Nite…”even the son of man which IS IN heaven”…

Bizarre to say the least…

Recently in talking with others who have ventured outside the box, out of the shadows ( thanks Paul), and into the wilderness one of the things that stands out is the complete lack of maps and predictability we seem to encounter as we go out “to a land that I will show you”…”will” (future tense) being the operative word…

It makes us all flinch to some degree, but frankly that is an indictment that our models are all wrong, because Jesus told us if we are born from above, then we will have an unpredictable life.

Wind.

You are supposed to act like the wind.

The cool part is you get to “listeth”… Which is King James for a subjective impulse…meaning you get to choose…

If you get one thing from this post, get this…Jesus has given you the freedom to move about the planet and change things all on your own…he has revealed that being born from above is the most free unpredictable thing in all of creation…

One final thought here…the Spirit is never a passive person…from the start you see Him, hover, move, fill, dance, inspire, lift up, etc…and if He is likened to a dove, then He is probably waiting to catch a breeze…which might explain why we see so little of His actual movement in the average church setting…He’s waiting for someone to act like the wind so He can mount up with them…most of our model has everyone sitting quietly doing not much…I don’t think the Spirit is absent from our meetings, I think our meetings just don’t offer anything for Him to work with…what would happen if next Sunday instead of our normal passive church service we blasted out some music and all got up and danced and then did random spontaneous things?

I think He might prefer chaos over lethargy…at least with chaos there some movement to work with…

Just my two cents worth though…

You should be like the wind…top down, born from above, not like everyone else…go listeth if you dare…

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