Pope Francis once said in his homily: “God is the God of surprises. God is always new. He never contradicts himself.”
To be surprised. Don’t you feel that the older we get, the more we lose our sense of wonder and the ability to be amazed? We go through life- like “whatever”.
Well, God never stops to surprise us with His word that brings new hope; with His love that renews us; with His plans that call us to a new step, a new change.
Have we ever experience God as a God of surprises? Do we dare to open ourselves to let Him bring us to higher heights… or to let Him lead us to new steps, to higher ground, to deeper waters?
Sometimes we are afraid of newness that God wants to bring to us.Newness means that we have to leave our old ways, our old securities, our old habits, our old familiar life.
In John 3:8: Jesus told Nicodemus this: “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 who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus was a Pharisee.He went to Jesus in the dark of night to ask him questions because he did not want his other Pharisee friends to know. He did not want to spoil his reputation.Jesus invited Nicodemus to let go of all his fears, his love for his image, his security in what he knew and to let God blow him.
We all have Nicodemus inside of us.We weigh ourselves down with all our securities, ideas, comfort zones, plans and dreams. The greatest spiritual challenge for all of us is to let God blow us to wherever he wants us to, even to the point of allowing Him to overturn our lives around.
Listen to the words of Jesus as He tells us: “The wind blows where it chooses, you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes…”
The Wind refers to the Holy Spirit. Jesus uses wind as an image to describe the Spirit. He does not use “Air”. Air is motionless. Wind is dynamic, active. It is always going somewhere. It is always blowing in a direction. It comes from somewhere and it goes to somewhere. This is how the Spirit of God acts or move, like a wind.
We cannot control the Spirit of God. He is in charge. All we have to do is to let Him take us to the direction where He wants us to go.
Let us ask ourselves: Where? How? What?
God is God of surprises who will never blow us to danger or to harm.
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil,to give you a future and a hope.
This is the direction that The Spirit is blowing us to- for peace, not for evil, for a future and a hope.
By Sr Sandra Seow, FMVD