Scripture: Acts 2:1-21
Key verse: (12) All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’
Reflection: Sometimes I’ll be asked to share why I entered the ministry. Was my Dad a minister? When did I know? How was I sure? It’s a good question but after 17 years of ordained ministry my response seems to be increasingly vague and less clear. Not that my calling feels that way, but how I describe it does. Any soundbite or elevator speech I may have once used sounds incomplete and pallid. How do you explain the ways of the spirit? How do I say: well my call has to do with an author by the name of Frederick Buechner, a bully in ninth grade, the woman from the film in Psych 101, some Roman Catholic nuns, a Sunday school teacher with a very bad haircut, Audrey and sharing of scripture, a walk down the Danforth in Toronto, my best friend, my backyard on a January night, and a reoccurring dream . . .
It sounds kind of funny doesn’t it? If not downright questionable!
But that’s what happens when you talk about the Spirit. Acts talks about the Spirit being like dancing fire and blowing wind and voices loud and joyful — so much so that people thought they were on an early morning bender.
It’s hard sometimes to easily describe what God is doing with you, how God has spoken to you. But it’s not hard to see it. It’s not hard to live it. It’s not hard to share it. People might think you are crazy or drunk or dumb or immature. They may think that anyway!
If God is working in you (and yes God is btw), but it’s hard to discern, hard to put your finger on it, hard to see where it is taking you and what it all means . . . Just go with it. Loudly and boldly, joyfully and messily. Go with it. It won’t just change your life. It will save it.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit and lead me this day. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].