We have on our footpath, in front of our house, two weeping tea trees. I like them as they have such fine leaves, lemon-scented foliage, weeping branches and an interesting type of bark. If you aren’t into trees – please hang in there, this isn’t just about trees.
The other morning, fairly early, I was out the front of our house, when a lovely breeze came across our neighbourhood. I say it was lovely, as it gently blew the branches of our weeping tea-trees so that they were horizontal to the ground. It was also a lovely breeze, as it was so refreshing – not hot or chilly.
And why do I mention this? I mention it, as it reminded me of how I came to know Christ. His Spirit came upon me just like the wind or breeze (Cf. John 3:8). I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t see it about to happen. It just happened. And it was so refreshing and enlightening: moving! There is no other way to describe what happened to me, some 30 years ago now, than to say that I was ’born again’. Maybe for you, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as that, perhaps it was more gradual, or perhaps you were born again at a very young age – perhaps whilst still in your mother’s womb (Cf. Luke 1:15). In the end, it doesn’t matter how – what matters is that one IS born again (John 3:7).
Whist I was standing out the front of our house, just as quickly as that beautiful breeze came, it also went….. and no doubt, to the next neighbourhood up the road. I hope and pray that God’s Spirit, even though we cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes (John 3:8), brings life to many more people in Cairns. We might not want to experience a cyclone head-on, but this is one blow we certainly do need to come our way. Thanks be to God, it came my way.
‘You must be born again.’ 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. (Jesus, John 3:7-8)
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