Friday, March 14, 2014
It is natural to make plans and follow a path toward the future. Congregational life is no different. We do our best to consider how we can improve programs, expand efforts and invite participation. We ask searching questions and get on with the work. Meetings are essential and good thinking goes along way! But there is more to it than this and it is what makes the journey forward an adventure.
While we plan we do so with a perspective that the wind of the Spirit makes us ever so responsive – nimble of faith and full of compassion.
Nicodemus came to Jesus seeking understanding. His questions made for an encounter that brought an engagement far beyond what he might have expected. He found himself hearing a word about the very nature of newness, participation in God’s work and the wonder of the way God goes about it. Nicodemus wanted to know “how these things can be” but more so came into a transforming experience with the merciful presence of Jesus.
It is human nature to ask the questions and to seek confidence in our increased understanding. Like Nicodemus we might see though that the questions open our hearts to something larger and more promising. The encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus reminds us that faith is born anew by the gift of the Spirit and in ways we could have never imagined. 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 born of the Spirit. – John 3:8
While our well planned goals can motivate us and bring noticeable accomplishments we still find our greatest joy in the Spirit that enlivens us and makes all things new!
Pastor Randy Olson