Be Still Know
Acts 1:5 NLT
‘John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
The disciples were on a roller coaster that had whisked them through the depths of loss and grief onto the shocked realisation that Jesus was alive and now presented them with the challenge that they were to be witnesses of God’s long-promised plan of salvation. They stood on the Mount with Jesus bidding farewell, leaving them alone in a set of dangerous circumstances, his final will and testament being the promise of the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus ascended, the disciples had to be prompted by an angel to obey Jesus’ command, to wait for this promised Enabler. Confused, saddened and frightened, they obeyed and made their way to the upper room.
When we moved house last year, we inherited a heating system that was well past its prime. The boiler was over 20 years old and the plumbing had been extended with the insertion of a series of pumps that screamed as they attempted to deliver water at a suitable pressure. A bath would take over an hour to fill! Nothing was more frustrating than waiting for that bath, and the more closely I watched the slower it appeared to fill. Waiting is most frustrating when we have an end in view yet can do nothing to expedite it – just like the disciples.
A plumber completely overhauled the system. No more gravity feed but a system that delivered heating and hot water instantly. And no more pumps to drive me insane with their mechanical whining! It made me reflect upon the disciples. They had to endure what must have felt like the longest wait in history for Pentecost and their commissioning.
QUESTION: As the start of this Novena approaches tomorrow, ask yourself: what in your own lifestyle and the choices you make is redundant and in need of upgrading and transformation?
PRAYER: Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, please sit with me as I await Pentecost and reveal where I need to be refreshed and renewed through your Holy Spirit. I invite you to prepare me for recommissioning this Pentecost.