Words from the Heart for Thursday November 12th, 2020
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘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.”
John 3:7-8 (NIV)
The Wind Blows
Southern Alberta is one of the windiest regions in Canada. Second only to St. John’s, Lethbridge gets more days with strong winds than any city in Canada, while Calgary – famous for its Chinook blows – is the windiest large city in Canada. During the last week of November in 2011, some of the most powerful winds ever recorded in the area ripped across southern Alberta, inflicting many millions of dollars in property damages. Surface wind gusts up to 144 km/h were recorded at Claresholm.
Climatologists are able to predict when we are going to have some strong winds. If you live in Florida, the strongest winds are from hurricanes. In Southern Ontario and Southern Manitoba, the strongest winds are from tornadoes, and in Calgary, from chinooks. While we’ve gotten pretty good at predicting winds, there is nothing we can do to stop them. It has always been so. Jesus uses this to teach a spiritual lesson. In John 3:7-8 Jesus says “You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘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.” On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in power and birthed the Church. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to transform the heart of a man or woman who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ. We sense Him at work in us, and we rejoice at how He draws us to Jesus. He takes up residence in us as we place our trust in Jesus Christ and He transforms us into a man or woman of God.
These have been words from the heart.