Yesterday was the third Sunday of the month, and as is customary, the dance ministry to which I am a part of was expected to minister. Two experiences prompted me to #LookAtGod in a new way. The band was doing sound check and something was not right. As the drummer executed a series of beats, the sound began to bounce all over the sanctuary quite loudly – so much so that I had to leave out for a while because I began to get a headache. When I returned, the sound continued, my head was throbbing, and I felt sick to my stomach. One of the dancers asked if I was okay, and the trigger of her question released tears reflecting the pain I was experiencing, coupled with frustration. Another dancer just touched me and began to pray. The pain began to subside, and enabled me to move on and prepare for intercessory prayer.
Fast forward about 20 minutes to our church’s observance of heart health and everyone wearing the color red. In an effort to support this initiative, the dancers elected to wear a red garment. Disclaimer: It’s not my favorite color, in fact I rarely own or wear it. The 1908 in me, erupts. Okay, back to the message…The garment’s design makes for difficult movement, and so, many of us twist and tangle the garment until it is in a condition that is manageable for movement. This Sunday’s regimen was no different; yet while on the floor, I felt my garment coming undone. I continued to minister, because I was appropriately dressed, albeit not as comfortable as I would have desired. As the song came to an end, and prior to the next song beginning, the Holy Spirit instructed me to leave the floor and go to a woman who happens to also be a friend. As I arrived at her, she asked, “Do you need some help?” I responded yes! She began to fix the garment’s sleeves quickly, and I was able to return to the floor to minister. After church, I called the first friend who prayed, and I thanked her for assisting me; I also thanked the second friend for assisting me as well. She told me that the Holy Spirit instructed her to inquire as to whether I needed help! #LookatGod! Both responded under the auspices of the Holy Spirit! It was simply nothing short of divine. In this season, we cannot afford to lean in to anything that is not connected to that which prevents us to be victorious, powerful, impactful and abundant.
In one case, the Holy Spirit provided instruction as to who to ask assistance from, and in another case, the Holy Spirit instructed the person to move without my request. What if either woman had not been obedient, and wasn’t prepared to respond immediately? The key takeaway is that we mutually connected to ensure that the Kingdom work went forth. Truly, what are we able to accomplish when we dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1-3)? Who’s in your tribe? Is it mutually beneficial to you? Are you constantly pouring and not receiving? The Word of the Lord affirms that “Iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17). It’s time out for bumping up against dull folk who desire not to be honed by the Lord, or worse, consistently rely upon the benefit of your effort to grind, while resting on their would be attempt.
There is no secret serum. I used to believe that it was. I thought that I had to reach a particular status in Christ. I thought that the society of salvation was only extended to certain folk. How much time was wasted? God is available to anyone that desires. When we ask Jesus to live in our hearts, we invite the Holy Spirit to dwell therein. John 16:13 affirms, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” So what I originally thought was mystical, was nothing short of God choosing whom he chooses to send forth His Word. Yet we must make ourselves available, through prayer, meditation, worship, and spending time in the volume of the book. We must first start with self. But imagine, if each of us committed to this practice. Let us recall how the Holy Spirit came about….in the Upper Room, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).
I’m not certain there will ever be another Pentecost, but we have opportunity on more than Sunday to be in alignment with each other. However, we must diligently commit ourselves during the other six days to have authentic relationship, connectivity and unity first to God and secondly to those whom we share space and time. We should have so many personalized Pentecostal experiences that when we do come together, we can witness a myriad of #LookAtGod moments. Oops! The secret is out! Run and tell that! Make sure your garments are straight!