I remember being sat at a friends farmhouse just outside of Harare. It must have been about 15 years ago. We got into a discussion about security and trust. David, the person who owned the farm felt very strongly that to trust money was very foolhardy. He compared it in a house of cards, at any moment it can come crashing down on you. little did he know within a few years that resolve would be sorely tested when he was forcibly evicted from his land.
Interesting thought isn’t it. What do you ultimately trust in? Who do you ultimately trust in? I guess I was thinking about a talk I heard last night by Nicky Gumbel. Do I trust? Am I a follower of Jesus or simply an admirer from afar? The answer to the question of who I trust in, what I trust in, ultimately provides the answer to the question of do I follow.
There is a curious verse in the Bible. (some of you reading this may think the whole thing is curious). Anyway, it’s. John 3:8,
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. “
One of the main pictures of God in the Bible is that of wind. Not a gentle breeze, but violent rushing powerful wind. It is this wind, that I think this verse is talking about, and it is this wind that animates those who are Christians, who are born of God’s Spirit.
My point is very simple, but also maybe a little profound. The wind blows wherever it pleases. Through good times, bad times, good situations, dangerous situations, places where you k ow what is happening and times when you don’t. If you are trusting in the wind you will be found in the place of the wind itself. The direction of your life will be the right one, designed for you and where you will have most effect.
Whatever we trust in, anchors us, moors us to a particular way of life from which we will not easily waver. Time and time again, I feel challenged in the reality of everyday life to make sure I’m being blown by the wind, not held by the anchors of mistrust I have laid down.
Pray for yourself, pray for me at this time that I will have the courage and the decision to trust actively in Jesus, to not be an admirer at a distance but a close follower.
The tragedy is, those of us who through fear, habit or just want to go solely our own way, fail to do this, well it’s like trusting in a house of cards. Ultimately it can fall to nothing.
I hope you find these thoughts as challenging as I have. You can always share them below on facebook or twitter as well.