As the day of the first Pentecost began, what was the scene? Let’s look to the book of Acts. In Acts 2:1 we are told that “when the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” We know this story and we know the mood in that room. We also know that Jesus assured them and assures us that He will be with us always. It comes as no surprise that His Holy Spirit changed that day, but did it? It seems to me that the circumstances of the lives of those in the room didn’t change at that moment, but what did change was at a much deeper level. The change was within the hearts and souls of those men and when we are open to the Holy Spirit and seek help, we too can be changed. So, does this apply to just ministers, priests, and people who aren’t like us? Should we respect this notion but call upon the Holy Spirit when something “big” is going on in our lives but handle the little things on our own?
We certainly do tend to bring the Lord into our lives when “we can’t handle” things but all but forget Him when “we’ve got it.” I question this logic. In fact, I totally oppose it. Why settle for good enough when the Lord wants to give us so much more? So, let me tell you about last night. I just couldn’t sleep. My name is Martha and I felt like “Martha” last night. I was distracted by many things. Oh, and to make things even more clear, I kept rolling over and looking at the clock. Yup, that’s a great solution, isn’t it? So at some point I started praying. I can’t say how much sleep I got, but as I got up, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to be with me throughout this day. I asked “guard me, guide me, fill me, use me, and enable me to have joy regardless of my circumstances.” The Lord provided! My day was fairly routine. If I gave you a list of everything that happened, it might not seem remarkable to you at all. However, this routine day with it’s challenges and mundane tasks and the rest of it, was joy filled because as the Psalmist wrote (Psalm 5:11) “but let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” So, why waste a single moment? We have been blessed and filled with grace! It’s a beautiful gift inside you just waiting for you to reach in for it and open it wide! Open wide your heart and soul and you, too, can have joy REGARDLESS of your circumstances! Try it! I promise you that no matter what the day brings, if you invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, guide you, and guard you, you will find the joy of the Lord swelling up within you as well!