I’ve been having a little pity party lately—in a funk and wondering what I should be doing with my life. If you’re like me, maybe you are grateful for a job but not really working your passion. Do you sometimes question whether you’re on the right path or if you’re fulfilling a purpose? I’m also one of those people who like to be recognized for good and hard work and desire fairness in the world. That often leads to disappointment which leads back to being bummed out.
Recently, after some passionate prayer, God in His wonderful and wise way gave me guidance and comfort. Our new sermon series at church is all about the Holy Spirit. I was struck by how much He (yes, He, not it) is present in our lives. Without the Holy Spirit, we would be dust. He pumps our hearts and breathes life into us.
Our Pastor Mark said this morning that the Holy Spirit was like a humming bird, hovering over us at all times. I thought that was very prophetic because lately my niece and I have been spotting humming birds flying around. Something I haven’t noticed before. Gotta love those Godly coincidences.
The Holy Spirit fights for us—He contends for us—He helps us see the truth and fills the voids in our lives. And yet He gets treated like the third wheel instead of an equal part of the Holy Trinity. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all important. I felt bad for the Holy Spirit, thinking about how much I don’t like my efforts to be ignored or taken advantage of. But on He goes, acting as our champion and guide, and not expecting anything in return.
So I’m going to start my days from now on thanking the Spirit and asking Him to fill me with his fruits. Love, joy, kindness, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
And I’m going to be thankful that the Spirit is given to all of us to complete God’s work, whatever that may be. After all, in Exodus, we are told that God filled Bezalel with the Spirit so that he could create the ark just as God wanted it done. Bezalel wasn’t a preacher or missionary, he was an artist and we are all God’s masterpieces so we can do good works here on earth.
I may not understand what God wants me to do with my gifts, I’m just an average business person, but they are His gifts to me and I’ll keep praying that somehow I’m doing my part in His perfect plan. Even if that means a few frustrating tears once in awhile.
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.”