Thursday, January 10, 2013

On Being Born A Second Time. 2

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the breath of God is spirit. The wind blows where it wishes, and we hear the sound that it makes; still we do not know from where it comes, or where it will go. So it is for those who are born anew by the breath of God.
Consider these examples: No one weaves a piece of new cloth into a ruined garment, for the new piece which is stronger will merely pull the old cloth apart, and the tear will be made worse. Neither do you put new wine into old wine flasks, less the old flasks burst, and the new wine spill out, and the investment be lost. Instead you store new wine in flasks that are new, and both are preserved.

I have a friend, a wonderful lady and faithful follower of Jesus, Deb O. She has patiently, lovingly cared for her son Gary who has been "handicapped" for many years. Although I don't know the details and can only guess at the weight of the burden she's borne,  I am convinced of this: As wonder-filled as it would be to see Gary healed and returned to a semblance of "normal" life here on planet earth, how great will that moment be in the presence of the Great King when Gary's voice is free to release the pent up flood of grateful love & thanksgiving for his mother's tender care. 

There is a reason we must wait for moments like these: we don't have the capacity in these mortal bodies to contain that kind of glory!

New garments; New wineskins; New Life!