RePost: Do you Know the Spirit?

(Revised version)

In so many ways, I have come to know the Holy Spirit in a new way this year. After reading The Shack and attending most of the Summit Conference at church – my ears are tuning in (some days better, other days worse) to the voice of the Spirit and it is really refreshing.

I hear Him calling me at 5:30 – even when the alarm isn’t set – to get up and spend time in the Word.

I hear Him speaking to me when I’m worn out and exhausted from the trials of this life – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual…

I hear Him whisper encouragement to me when I’m facing a challenge in Marriage or Motherhood – to lay myself down and be quiet (cuz you know that’s the hardest part for me…)

Do you know the Spirit?

I know God the Father – Abba, the I AM, Lord God Almighty.

I know Jesus Christ – my Saviour, my Redeemer and King, the Lamb of God, the Risen One.

But the Spirit? Hmmmmm. The Comforter. The one who speaks with groanings on my behalf to the Father. And yeah, that’s where it has pretty well been for many years.

So in my studies and in my personal prayer time, I’m enjoying a new level of praying in a way that speaks to the Spirit, too. It’s like a whole new world is opening up.

Kinda reminds me of when I went snorkeling off Grand Cayman Island 8 years ago. I was on a cruise with my best friend, and we were part of a group that went out on a boat to go snorkeling and swimming with sting rays. First, we all got out of the boat in about 15 feet of water. We were swimming around getting used to the feel of the water (and the fact that I was swimming in water where the possibility of a shark coming by was not entirely out of the question).

I could see the shadows of rocks at the bottom of the ocean, dark and grey reflecting in the clear blue water. But when I put my face in the water, it was like an EXPLOSION of color came shining through my snorkel mask. I could see almost every color possible. It was literally breathtaking and I could not get enough of it. The coral was brilliant and the sun’s ray’s would come shining through the water and highlight new spots of color and shapes. The salty water was warm and inviting, and all thoughts of a shark literally dissolved in the incredible beauty I was seeing for the first time.

Taking my face out of the water, the sun was so bright and all the views that I previously thought were just gorgeous paled in comparison to the riot of color I’d just seen.

I think that’s what the Holy Spirit does for us. We’re floating along (literally sometimes) and everything is wonderful and beautiful, and then we start to take a deeper look and the Spirit reveals amazing discovery. We haven’t changed position – we haven’t gone anywhere new.

Maybe we’re reading that same passage of Scripture we’ve read many times for years – and all of a sudden, the Spirit reveals a new nugget of truth – and it’s like God’s Word opens up a completely new view of Who He Is and it’s breathtaking and awe-inspiring and totally amazing.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to learn how to practically minister to others – in real, tangible ways – but even moreso for the opportunity to GO DEEPER in my relationship with the Lord in the process.

(I don’t have digi versions of my pics from snorkeling or I’d post them. I’ll just have to go snorkeling again sometime and take new ones…)

And yes, I DID go swimming with sting rays. I held one as a matter of fact. It was TOTALLY awesome. But that’s a story for another time.