For our faith to be effective, and our hope to stay alive I think that love and understanding of the triune nature of God is essential. It’s a PROFOUND MYSTERY but ok, sure, they are all One: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And each having unique identities. It feels a bit sacrilegious and taboo to even proclaim (like a parent picking a favorite kid), but right now I have a clear favorite. I’ve got to be honest that the Holy Spirit would get my first-round pick. (Forgive me, Jesus).
Recently, I had the opportunity to share a bit of my faith with a friend who was bravely and sincerely asking me questions about what I believe. A friend who, with a heart full of gratitude, could objectively look at a full and blessed life – career and family fulfillment and all – and yet, wonder why there was still a nagging that… well… something was missing from their life.
I welcomed my friend’s questions wholeheartedly, but I must admit… I get all kinds of nervous when a conversation first takes a turn to those depths because I so badly want to do it right, to be honoring and careful with my words.
It’s in such moments that, with deep inhale, I send a silent invitation for someone special to join us in the conversation, the Holy Spirit.
How generous is God that He allows for us to live with His presence, aka the Helper, the Comforter or the Advocate. (I mean, who doesn’t love having an advocate?!)
Jesus described the Holy Spirit before leaving us:
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:15-19
What does the Holy Spirit do when He shows up?
Well, in my experience He does stuff like:
He calms my anxieties.
He brings inexplicable peace of mind in the midst of trial.
He whispers to my spirit with love that feels like goosebumps on my soul.
He feeds me words when I feel fumbly and unequipped to speak of His Glory.
He reminds, because I forget, (oh how easily I forget) all the evidence of God’s goodness in my life.
And when the conversation is deepening, but I’m beyond exhausted from a really full day and the clock is turning one day into the next, the Holy Spirit keeps me awake to listen to my friend, a friend baring a heart gaping from questions and hoping for answers.
I cannot claim to fully know exactly what is missing in my friend’s life. But I can assuredly say that more of His Presence is a good thing, and it’s there for the inviting. Hope is hard, but the Father loves us immensely and His Son did not leave us alone. Are you welcoming the Advocate in your life, yielding to His directing?
Today, I leave you with a song that helps me make more space for the Holy Spirit, and my prayer that it does the same for you as you continue in pursuit of Hope.