The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him. (Isaiah 11:2)
The students were excited about their trip to France and couldn’t wait to practice speaking French. They stood in fascination at the airport as they read signs in French but were puzzled as to why they did not hear French being spoken. Finally, they were greeted by their host family and questioned them as to why they did not understand anyone. The father explained that there were twenty-eight different accents or dialects of French, and they were being exposed to many of them at the airport.
As they drove deeper into the country the students’ French lessons seemed to be wasted. The host family continually reassured them that they did not have to worry because they understood the dialects and would always be there to translate and help. The family served as guides, protectors, and translators during the students’ trip and the students even began to learn a bit of the dialect by the time their trip was over.
The Holy Spirit goes with us everywhere we go. He guides us, comforts us, and teaches us. He is our ever-present help and advocates for us, giving us hope especially during times of trial. With the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we never need to feel lost, helpless, or confused. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can live faithful and righteous lives.
Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, not your own.
Angela Golden Bryan is a graduate of Wesley Seminary at IWU. Three of her top spiritual gifts are encouragement, service, and compassion. She and her husband live in south Florida and enjoy visits from their two adult children.
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