Growing up, I would often hear my mother say, “Kathy hasn’t gotten around to cleaning her room (or some other equally fun task), she’s waiting for the spirit to move her.” It gave me pause. Being the stubborn child that I was, however, I did not jump up and start cleaning my room, but I did start thinking about it and eventually started working at it. I always wondered about “being moved by the spirit” and I tried to pay attention to what it was that finally prompted me to start cleaning my room. I was curious about “the spirit.”
These days, the tasks that find me waiting to start have more to do with church than with cleaning my home. I still wait for the Spirit, but now it’s with a capital ‘S.’ Tasks such as finding creative ways to guide children in their faith development, writing sermons, discerning what next-steps God might be calling us to take as a congregation once caused me much angst. But now, for the most part, I’ve come to trust that if it’s worth doing the ideas will come and the resources will be available to accomplish whatever it is that
God needs doing. I give the Spirit credit for that. Our work together as a congregation has helped me learn that kind of trust. Many a time we have been stymied about how we could possibly sustain ourselves as a congregation, only to find enough energy and enough resources to move forward in new ways. If you’ve been around for a while you may have heard talk of “Midway Miracles.” That’s what we call it when something that seemed impossible suddenly becomes a reality.
Long ago, after watching Jesus ascend into the clouds, his disciples were left wondering how they could possibly sustain the ministry that Jesus had started. Jesus told them to wait for the Spirit, and they did. When the Spirit came swooping in with rushing winds and tongues of fire, amazing things started to happen; they found new energy and new excitement. God’s church was born, and the Holy Spirit has been working through the church ever since!
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (Acts 2:1)
I hope we will all be together in one place this coming Sunday, ready to welcome the Holy Spirit to equip us for the amazing things that we are called to do! That’s when the Spirit works best, when we are all together in one place! But that’s not where the story ends. Be in worship on Sunday to consider with me what happens next.
Awaiting the Spirit,