|Feels Like I’m Born Again|
Ok, I have a confession. I don’t watch the news. Too many fear-inducing stories. Instead I will scan Yahoo News from time to time. Today, I stumbled upon a news article on abc.com about a girl named Carlina White who was abducted from a New York hospital in 1987. The story ends on a positive note with Carlina solving her own kidnapping and being reunited with her birth parents.
The thing that struck me about this story wasn’t only the fact that this girl had been abducted from right underneath her parent’s noses (that could’ve been my child!) but what she said at the reunion with her biological family: “I’m so happy. At the same time, it’s a funny feeling because everything’s brand new. It’s like being born again,” Carlina White told The Associated Press.
I began thinking of the Christian experience. Isn’t that just like being born again into God’s family? At first, when you realize your sins have been forgiven, you’re as high as a kite, happy indeed. Then, you begin feeling “funny,” or nervous. “Am I really okay with God now? Did he really forgive me?” “What are my friends and family gonna think about this?” Doubt may creep in. Memories of your past may flash through your mind. Everything is brand new… and can be somewhat scary. But, you feel like a different person. You don’t look at people or situations the same. You’ve been made new and it’s a great feeling!
Jason Gray sums it up so well in his song, “I Am New.”
If you have been born again, enjoy the experience. If you are “pre-born-again,” (not yet a Christian) jump in, the water’s great!
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