No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again (John 3:3).

What do we know of the experience of birth? Although some believe that it is possible to remember our entrance into the world, most people have absolutely no recollection of the event. Having witnessed the birth of an infant, I personally am thankful that my birth is one transition in life that I cannot recall. Thoughts of being helplessly forced from a safe, warm environment, taking a first breath of harsh air, seeing blurred images and the brightness of light, and suddenly being surrounded not by secure, fleshy walls, but rather by nothing at all are positively horrifying.

As Jesus conversed with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), he explained the notion of being born again. Our need is to be born not only of water (physically), but also of the Spirit. I have listened to several teachings on this subject, most of which seem to portray this necessary second birth of Christians in a metaphorical sense, a life passage that can only be understood on a spiritual or philosophical level.

What if, however, we could imagine that being born again truly is a physical experience, one in which we feel pain and trauma as the life we once knew is left behind forever and we are suddenly desperate for the nurturing and loving embrace of our savior, the only one who can meet our needs?

The healing journey for those of broken sexuality and relationships is one of change and transition. At a point of deep surrender to the Lord in my own life, a friend of mine pointed out that “I was walking on new legs” and needed support. Indeed, I felt very weak, needy and immature during this rebirth into a new faith territory. May we as helpless infants always know our need for the Lord and draw our strength only from him.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always (Psalm 105:4). ‚

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