It’s Finally Here!
The school year is complete this week for Cross and for many other local schools. Memorial Day weekend is officially the “unofficial” start of summer, camping and cookouts. Many students and teachers have been looking forward to this moment—the anticipation has brought out the best (and worst) us all. But now, it is all in the past as the transition to summer is in full swing.
On June 4th, the Church will enter the season of Pentecost. This is a season when we celebrate and participate with the first disciples at the arrival of the long awaited Holy Spirit. The anticipation of the arrival of the Holy Spirit has brought out the best and worst in the children of God. The Holy Spirit finally came to the believers 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, 10 days after His ascent into heaven.
This long, often agonizing wait caused Peter to go back to fishing, Thomas to doubt and others to question. But the wait also allowed for the selection of Matthias to replace Judas, the reinstatement of Peter after his betrayal and the time to refocus on what God said rather than the thoughts of man (Luke 24:25)
As summer approaches and school ends there is a little more “time” in the schedule. Our natural temptation is to fill it up with things to do. I know summer often feels more chaotic than peaceful. That is because we are so uncomfortable waiting. We don’t like to wait for God to show up any more than the Disciples did. But, we can learn from their trials!
This summer try to make some time that is unscheduled evenings, weekends, or entire weeks. Give this time to the Lord and see what He will do with it. Remember, you may need to wait for Him. Your neighbors may be too busy to connect; you may even get sad you don’t have something planned. But, then, the Holy Spirit will show up and connect you to a neighbor, or a family member, or give you the time to do something you’ve dreamed of but never “had the time for.” You may even realize this is the best summer yet because you let the Lord lead you instead of telling Him what to do and where to go.
The Disciples had to wait, and often so do we. The time of waiting can be just as valuable as the time of “doing” if we let God do what God does. Keep close to Him this summer and you will be amazed at everything He is doing and, everything He is doing through you! “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh…And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:17,21)
Rev. Erik Gauss