“Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘you must be born from above.’ 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.” John 3:7-8
The ancient Greeks believed that the west winds were blown in by the god Zephyrus and that lightning strikes were thrown by Zeus. Today we apply the laws of physics to observations of the atmosphere, and what we now know is that ultimately, both lightning and wind are caused by the uneven heating of the earth by the sun. Where the wind goes however is harder to pinpoint, and so for the most part it is safe to say that we don’t know.
There are also sciences that attempt to study the spirit. Science has proven that there is a discernible difference in body weight before and after death, and Noetic science attempts to reveal the presence of divinity in the universe.
We still do not understand what Jesus meant when he said to Nicodemus that one must be born of the water and the spirit in order to enter the kingdom of God; we have some ideas about it – lots and lots of ideas about it – but at the end of the day it is as mysterious as where the wind goes when it has finished blowing.
What we do know is that as moths are drawn to flame, so too are we drawn to the light of the Spirit. Maybe we will never understand the science of it, but for some things maybe science is more of a hinderance than anything else. Is faith still faith once it has been explained scientifically? Where does mystery come from, and where does it go if we find explanations for everything? Will there ever come a day when we can explain divinity? I hope not; I need divinity just as much as I need a cool wind on a hot day.
God of mystery and Spirit and everything that I do not understand, please accept my faith that you are you and that I reside in you. Amen