Readings: Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:14-21, John 7:37-39
Kevin and I had the privilege of meeting some of our daughter’s students this week. One smiley little first grader is learning to put words together to communicate more clearly, and she’s beginning to understand that words and actions can relate. She was delighted to share her new word and action the day we visited. She would say, “Bye bye” and then run away. Our daughter was happy for the new word/action discovery, but exhausted from chasing her down the hall over and over. The little one doesn’t understand how to correctly apply her new word/action combo yet. She will soon, I’m sure, as our daughter has incredible patience with her special students, and she is always prepared with running shoes, affirming words and gentle redirection. I thought about how each of us is God’s special child and we each learn from Him in different ways. When we make a discovery, in God’s Word or through an experience, we need to understand and apply it correctly. We also need to figure out timely applications for it. In the reading from John above, Jesus says, ‘“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit…’ I made a discovery in the Word there about the character of God - when we thirst for God, the Holy Spirit satisfies, and in abundance. How would I better understand that? I’d think about it, search for corresponding Scriptures, pray for the Lord to teach me more about Himself. When we believe in Christ, the Holy Spirit fills us like a stream of living water and will flow from within us. How would we apply that in a timely manner? Maybe when we get home from work and greet our family, we’d remember the Spirit is ready to flow and just let that good fruit pour out. Maybe we have a conflict with someone and the Spirit could pour into that conversation. Maybe we’re struggling with something and the Spirit can transform us and help us to victory. Maybe we need to say “bye bye” and run away from a temptation at the right time. It usually takes some time, repetition and effort to learn something new. Let’s take some time with the Lord and see what He wants us to learn today. Blessings, special ones!