Sipping a cup of coffee without chatting to someone. Preparing dinner without co-chefs. Doing dishes alone. After living life with 10 people, our little family of four is feeling sparse.
There’s a gaping hole in my heart carved by the deep desire to share life. This morning I was thinking about dear friends who have moved away, and our good-old-days of youth ministry, and how good it felt to have a place to use my gifts as part of an awesome team.
This morning I felt… alone.
The phone rang and interrupted my lonely thoughts. Perfect timing.
“I wanted to call last night,” She explained. “But I felt to wait. The Holy Spirit had me call you today.”
Her call was about a project but as we talked she threw in side comments about my life, my motherhood, my gifts. Amidst the business, she snuck in encouragement, and affirmation, and vision. Her comments addressed the list of feelings I’d been having today. This was not your garden-variety phone call. It totally rerouted my day. Somebody thought of me. I am not alone.
Our church family is in a study about the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus recorded in Luke and in the Early Church recorded in 1 Corinthians. Yesterday’s message was about the type of life Jesus wants us to be living: A life of miracles. A life that is overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit. A life that is open to, responsive to, and excited for the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Today’s phone call was that. Perfectly timed. Full of prophetic encouragement. Flowing with Life.
Sure, it wasn’t a feeding of 5,000 or a raising from the dead. But it fed and gave life to my heart. And, thankfully, I matter to God just as much as the big miracle situations.
I am so thankful she made time to listen for God. So thankful she made time to call.
I’m feeling inspired and challenged: What opportunities is the Holy Spirit giving me today? Will I hear Him? Will I say yes?
A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. (1 Cor 12:7 NLT)
Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Eph 4:16 NLT)
If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Gal 5:25 NLT)
What opportunities is the Holy Spirit giving you today? What do you do to make space to hear Him? What do you do to make time to do what He says?