“The wind blows wherever it pleases,” Jesus says in the book of John.
We, Christians and seekers, often think that God makes himself known only to those who follow him perfectly and follow the disciplines of church life. Yet God is unpredictable in the ways He reaches each of us. He points us toward the spiritual disciplines, but He isn’t boxed in by them. We cling to our plans until we begin to believe His plans for us are better than we could imagine. But letting go of who we think God wants us to be can be a challenge.
It’s why when I had my last child and my friend declared my morning devotion time would come to an end, I closed my ears and dug in my spiritual heels. Nothing would change. I cherished early, quiet mornings of meeting with God — coffee, bible, and journal in hand. It’s where I got strengthened to face the unknown challenges in the day. Nope, nothing would change.
Jesus continues to say in John 3:8: “You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” The wind (the spirit of God) is alive and active. The Spirit of God meets us in unpredictable, personal ways.
How does God with meet us? Can we only find Him if we sit with our bible in the mornings? Will He only hear us if we go to church? Should we give up because we don’t believe we measure up?
God says there is so much we don’t know. We don’t know how He creates a child in the womb, but He knits each cell together. We don’t know how He reaches into a heart and changes a life in an instant, but He is able. There isn’t a place He can’t show up. Or a life that he can’t remake. There isn’t a mistake that can keep him away from us. Or a length He won’t go to speak to us.
As a once sleep-deprived momma and then turned special needs parent, my morning time has never looked the same. Yes, it made me uncomfortable, but I learned to release my expectations of myself and how God could meet me.
God doesn’t meet us in our neatness. He meets us in our need.
Deanna Albrecht writes on behalf of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare and is passionate about bringing a message of hope to people online.