Dear SUMites, as you know over the last few posts we've been talking about the Holy Spirit and looking at what his activity in our lives can look like.
Well, I had one thing planned to write today but something really amazing happened this week that I need to share instead.
The following thing happened hot on the heels of us talking about breakthrough in the last post:
This week I’ve been on holiday in a town called Queenstown. A close friend and her family have been with us and, like most of the people we spend time with, they are not yet believers.
The husbands and kids took off skiing for the day, and so my friend and I grabbed tea and cake in a café.
Girl-chat ensued and she began to share some hard things she’s been through lately - Really, really hard stuff. I sat there not knowing how to help except to listen. And then she said "I can’t believe God is real, because if he were why would I be suffering like this? And if there is a God why is there suffering in the world anyway?"
"That’s a good question," I said. "I asked that a lot myself a few years ago."
We paused and looked out the window.
"How’s it all going for you anyway, Ann, that part of your life?" she asked. She's a nice friend and has always been unusually kind about my faith.
And so I shared what that looked like for me. Specifically, I described a bit about what it felt like to know his presence in my life. I began to laugh a little and told her I'm pretty far gone - God is all over me, in me, and is everything to me.
That’s when it happened. She leaned back as if in reaction to what I said, and exclaimed: “Wow, I just got a picture land in my head! It was of a flame of fire on my head.”
"WHATT?" I exclaimed. "Do you know, that’s how God speaks?"
She stared at me, stunned. She started to cry. So did I.
Instantly I thought of the disciples at Pentecost with fire on their heads in Acts 2:1-4. So I asked for clarification -
“Umm... Was the flame on your head or mine?”
“It was on mine,” she said, eyes wide.
It was on her head. Her head. Wow.
We sat back and looked at each other, and all the while my heart was quietly holding this thought: "I think God is telling me that the fire in me is going to catch and land on her, or it just has. I think she's going to be on fire for him too."
I wasn't thinking especially clearly at this point, but this came out of my mouth next:
"There’s a passage in the Bible about this: The disciples of Jesus had fire on their heads when they received the Holy Spirit. I think you've just heard something from God about something in the Bible."
"Ohh, I remember that passage from growing up in the Catholic Church..." she sat there eyeing me up, still stunned.
We reached for our forks again and took a massive gulp of cake and tea at this point. And then we talked about nothing but God for half an hour; hot drinks in hand, people around us.
Much later she texted me, "Ann, is it me or was that a really big deal, what happened there in the cafe?!”
“It was huge.” I texted back, trying to contain myself over the airwaves. I then sent her the scripture in the book of Acts and told her she'd just experienced the Holy Spirit.
By then, I was back in my hotel room. The boys were still skiing, and all I could do was put some worship music on and sit back digesting what had just happened. As I said in my last post --
Jehovah Perazim, you are the Lord of breakthrough.
I think I want to pray for more of this in our community, so much more, so shall we pray?
Lord God, we ask for more! Breathe on our relationships, and make it easy for us to share YOU with the people we love. Bring your Holy Spirit into their lives, and bring more of your fire to us, as much as we can handle. Thank you, Jesus, in your name, Amen.
Love you all, friends, and I'll see you in the comments.
Lynn, I couldn't stop reading this book! It is the best you have written! It's a "self-help-bible-based-do-it-yourself-demon-slaying-victory-winning book" like no other I've ever read. I learned some new prayer points as well as clarification on what exactly does my situation mean. Everyone who reads this will want their bible, notebook and the Holy Spirit sitting next to them as they strategize with the tools you've given! -Barb