RePost: Do you Know the Spirit?

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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.

14 thoughts on “RePost: Do you Know the Spirit?

  1. Jade @ No Longer 25 says:

    Coffee cake – yes please! I’ve got some hot chocolate here too. You are so lucky to have been snorkling and experienced all those colours. That would be so intersting to really appreciate the beauty of nature is wonderful.

  2. Star says:

    Great illustration. This is why I LOVE my Bible Study so much. I love to see how God is working in the lives of other women and how we can help and encourage one another with what we are being taught! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dawn says:

    Deb – Just what I needed today! I have never really thought about the Spirit in that way…but how true it is! I will keep that in mind when I pray. Thank you, my friend!

  4. Melissa says:

    My Pastor did a series a while back on “The Holy Spirit, The Forgotten One.” It was so good. He really brought home the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives. Since the series I have been a lot more aware of the Holy Spirit’s active presence in my life.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. dawn says:

    I love your snorkling illustration regarding the Holy Spirit–it’s a great one! I have Forgotten God by Francis Chan waiting to be read…it’s about the HS as well.

    thanks for the post.

  6. Sherry says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing the Holy Spirit. Makes me realize I need much more study and prayer.
    Hope you have a Blessed Weekend.

  7. says:

    I totally agree with you! It’s amazing the Holy Spirit illuminates the Word for us to the point that you can’t get enough.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  8. LydiaCate says:

    Great post Deb! We really miss out by not knowing the Spirit as we should and like we can! There is truly power there. I have a story I hope to share soon right along these lines.
    Thanks for the illustrations.
    Snorkeling with stingrays…very cool!

  9. Joyce says:

    Any coffee cake recipes to share? We have to yet to try that, but hubby bought some last week. Yum! I think most of us are the same way when it comes to the Holy Spirit. Thanks for sharing. Very thoughtful. And yes, you must go snorkeling again for the sake for sharing some photos with us. =) Enjoy your weekend.

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