Holy Spirit, Truest of Friends. Man, that sounds super cheesy. I’ve been working on this post and message for a couple of weeks now, and I still can’t get over how trite it can sound to put it that simply and plainly. I can still hardly believe I went with it as the title for my talk, but it somehow just seemed like the right thing to call it. Maybe it’s the Millennial in me, but I think the simplicity rankles at least partially due to the fact that the Holy Spirit is so much more than a friend to us in our lives. Still, the foundational idea that the Holy Spirit is a companion for us is one of the things Jesus expressed to the disciples after His resurrection. In that precious space of time where they finally understood so much more than before, and He was still able to be with them on Earth, this is one of the things He shared with them. It was THAT important.
If I start to flip through the mental catalogue of all the times, and all the ways God has shown up and made a way for my family and me, or rescued me from something, or comforted me, or any other example in the cornucopia of ways He has loved on me over the years, I can definitely say they can be encompassed by the word “friend”. And many times, in many ways, He has sent these messages of His love, both large and small, through others that I’ve called “friend” as well. I’ve been blessed, been given good advice as well as bad, loved much, been brokenhearted, shared joy and sorrow, and so much more by the folks who’ve found their way into my life so far. Some of the people that have contributed to who I am are still around, while many others are not (in one way or another). And yet I know that without the Holy Spirit, none of these people would necessarily have even found their way into my orbit to begin with. Nor could I say that, all on our own, we would have become close enough to pour into each others' lives. Would our communication have been meaningful and fruitful or would my own growth have been the result of any of it?
It all really starts and ends with Him, doesn’t it?