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My belly is huge… and I still have 10 weeks until D-Day. A lot of time to mull over all that could happen on the day I deliver my second son. And knowing first hand all the craziness of labor and delivery, it has made me wonder why Jesus told Nicodemus that he must go through all that again (John 3). What was it about being born that He wanted Nicodemus to experience again? The claustrophobic feelings of being pushed through a small space? The strangely shaped skull? The gasping for breath and first cries? I don’t think so. I actually think Jesus was talking not just about re-birth, but about re-growth. Maybe there are things about being both a human baby and a spiritual baby that Nicodemus needed to re-learn.

There is no doubt in a baby’s mind that every single need they have will be met. They cry and get fed. They cry again and have their diaper changed. They cry again and get rocked to sleep. Does a baby ever think, “Hmmmm… I wonder if there will be any milk today, or any clothes to wear or anyone to cuddle me.” No. A baby, in its fathomless trust, simply believes that their needs will be met. There is nothing that could happen to them with this father and mother to watch out for them. They will be safe and fed and warm – no question. No doubt. 

All of us were like that once upon a time. But what about now? Do we really believe that our heavenly Father will provide for ALL our needs?

The disciples certainly didn’t. When Jesus was speaking before a large crowd, they became panicked that there wouldn’t be enough food for everyone. But Jesus showed them that He can be trusted to meet our needs. In fact, Jesus demonstrated the abundance of His provision by giving food for the multitude and having twelve baskets of left-overs at the end of the meal (John 6).

But We Do Worry!

The Bible clearly tells us that we should not worry about what we will eat or drink or what we will wear, what will happen tomorrow or next week or next year (Matthew 6). But we do worry. For some reason we’ve lost the innocent trust and dependence on the Lord that we once had.

I think Jesus was telling Nicodemus, and telling us, that we must reclaim that dependence. Maybe the first step in doing that is understanding why we lost it in the first place. My guess is that each of us, at some point in time, was let down by a member of our earthly family or by a close friend -- someone we had depended on and trusted left us to fend for ourselves. And ever since then, we haven’t been able to trust in that childlike way again.

As we are daily re-born and re-grow and re-learn, we must recognize that though humanity is imperfect, divinity is flawless. God will never leave us nor forsake us. He will always be there, joyfully providing for every single need.

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