Have you ever had an experience of conflict, in terms of two people, or more, having different perspectives of how something happened? Perhaps you remember the moment of when you met your significant other, that first date, the first time you started talking with one another. You remember your first conversation completely different than they do. It's all a matter of perspective, and we all experience and perceive differently, being unique and distinct children of God. We understand things differently. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, knowing everything that has been, is, and will be. We tend to think we know what's best, from our perception, but God has something completely different in mind. We see this especially through Jesus, His Son.
Today's Gospel states:'Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.' The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." Nicode'mus said to him, "How can this be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life"' (John 3:7-15).
In today's Gospel, we hear about how Jesus attempts to teach his disciples to bear witness, to live life anew. However, they don't really understand. He repeats over and over how if they do not believe earthly things, that they could barely attempt to understand heavenly things. Think about this, if we cannot completely understand our memory of an experience, having conflicting perspectives, can we truly understand things that are beyond our control, in God's power? Very unlikely, but we can be open to His will, pray, and take things on one thing at a time. Take some time to ask God to help you to believe in things beyond our control.
Today's prayer comes from 'Encouraging Faith', a prayer for understanding God's plan:
Today was one of those days-
You know the ones.
When life just doesn’t make sense.
When the world seems so unfair.
Because it is unfair.
We need you, Lord. I need you.
I need you to wrap your arms around me
And help me understand
That it’s a good thing I don’t understand everything.
How can I possibly comprehend Your plan of
intricacy and detail for the entire world?
You are God.
And I am not.
You spoke the world into existence.
You shaped humans from dust.
And only You can create beauty from ashes.
May I anticipate the exquisite work of Your hands
to transform my nothing
into Your everything.