Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.
1 Corinthians 2:11-13
We are on the edge of celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. Not that the Spirit of God, the Breath of God was absent from the world before that day in Jerusalem when the disciples spoke in languages that people could clearly understand. No, the Spirit of God has been moving, blowing, breathing, stirring, hovering, filling, from the very beginnings of our story. But we need a time to recognize her, name her, celebrate, and call out to her. We need to remember to make space for her in our lives.
First, we remember Jesus’ Ascension. That time when you are bereft, wondering, “What am I going to do now?” The person who loved you, the person you trusted, believed was going to free you, the person you hoped would be with you forever, that person is gone. “What are we going to do now?” We are empty. Waiting. Hoping. And that is exactly when the Holy Spirit whooshes in, where there is an empty space, hoping and believing to be filled.
“Who knows what pertains to God, except the Spirit of God?” God will not let us down. God will send the Spirit when we are hoping and waiting. And she is beautiful.
Pastor Sherrie Lowly