Day 9: this way and that

17 03 2011

Day 9: this way and that

Kajsa loves bubbles. As most kids do. But today was especially fun, because she really got into chasing them. Initially she was into blowing them. But repeatedly asking me to chase them must have become boring, because she then suggested that I blow bubbles, and she chase. (Jackpot! I’m adding this to the “Kajsa runs and We don’t” list.) So Kajsa chased. And jumped. And ran and ran… and even shouted “Come back here, bubble!” And hung her head and shoulders down when she missed a whole group of bubbles because the wind took it too high.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases”, John 3:8 begins. No kidding! Or, as The Message puts it: “You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that.”

We hear it, we see its effects, but we can’t always tell where it came from or where it’s going. Its effects are clear, even if its origin isn’t. I fielded many questions about the wind today from Kajsa. Why is the wind going this way when I was running that way? Why did the bubbles go that way now? How come the bubbles aren’t blowing now? Why did the wind stop? Why can’t it go NOW? Why are they so high? Etc..

Though it wasn’t obvious to Kajsa and me why or how or where the wind came from and blew and did this or that, we could see what effect it had. It was obvious when the wind changed direction, or died down, or gained strength.

I wonder, then, how obvious our lives are? Is it obvious to others around us that God’s Spirit guides us? Or does God’s Spirit guide? Do we more often respond to the day’s timeline than to God’s Spirit?

The wind blows wherever it pleases. This way and that…. God’s Spirit blows through and in our lives, guiding and strengthening us—are we paying attention?