….And the Holy Spirit
. . .as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived--the things God has prepared for those who love him—
These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. (1 Corinthians 2:9-12 NIV)
The small bird lighted on the passenger side mirror of my sedan and began to peck feverishly at its reflection. I was entertained by the bird’s antics and probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought had it not been for an email I received from a fellow church goer later in the week. She said a pesky mockingbird had taken up residence in the church parking lot and to thwart its attacking their mirrors, a couple of church folk had resorted to putting paper sacks over them. It turned out what I had taken for a friendly gesture, other, better informed people recognized for the nuisance it was.
When I thought more about my comical misunderstanding, I realized it was an illustration of how if our thought processes can be that far offbase about even the most commonplace things, how much more are they likely to be when dealing with matters in the spiritual realm if we are left to our own devices.
Fortunately God has provided us with a resource to deal with life’s uncertainties so we don’t have to rely on our own limited vision.
True “aha” moments are inspirations, but do not spring from any mental Olympics on our part; we have been guided there by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s internal dialog with us is not done in a threatening or preachy sort of way but with the same gentle touch the Master was known for. They are so subtle in fact, we may be tempted to claim the ideas as our own. It is God’s way to unveil truths to us in a form that is digestible to us in whatever frame of mind we are in.
That the Holy Spirit can single us out for such individualized attention while simultaneously ministering to the whole body of Christ is beyond our comprehension, but let us rejoice it is so.
Blessed Jesus, Thank you for sending us the Comforter to help us better navigate our way through life. Amen
….And the Holy Spirit