“Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Galatians 4:6, NIV)
What an upside-down, inside-out, profound, yet simple God we have. Some people delve into deep study of the Trinity. I am not one of them. I claim no special understanding, and can only share from my experience.
I’ve experienced God the Father in a moment of pain so intense that I cried out to God to hear, to see what was happening. God did not remove me from the situation, but I felt Him reach down and lift me up and hold me against His shoulder. He heard. He saw. He was my Abba.
My relationship with Jesus seems more complex. Sometimes I am with my brother Jesus as I invite His presence into my day to day life. This is the Jesus who walked and talked with His disciples. And when I sit before Him, hanging on the cross, the look of love in His eyes in the midst of His agony overwhelms me.
I have experienced the Holy Spirit’s power in ministry when He has taken over my words. Any elegance in speech or wisdom in people skills is ALL the Holy Spirit. When I am living poised to hear Him speak into all situations, He guides my steps in such practical ways. He often brings me to my knees when I read the Bible as He illuminates God’s character.
When I remember the presence of God with me, I allow the Spirit to minister through me to others, instead of my own responses to the situations at hand. Once I was teaching an English class of second graders. One little boy was very disruptive, and I was exasperated along with the rest of the class. I walked over to Alex and just stood still, silently asking God what to do. He gave me an idea. I squatted next to his chair and looked deeply into his eyes. I was overwhelmed with the tiredness I saw there. I asked, “Did you sleep last night?” He shook his head with tears in his eyes. I remembered the previous evening, walking home from a late meeting at church. I had been greeted by Alex hollering from a car. He was sitting alone outside of the casino in which his mom worked. His mom often worked until 2am. I said to Alex, “Rest your head on your desk and go to sleep.” And then we had a great English class while Alex slept. That simple moment impressed on me how the Holy Spirit is with me and guiding me—I just need to become more aware.
This is my upside-down, inside-out, powerful, yet simple, God.
Warmly in Christ, Karen Kurth
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NKJV)
What are some experiences that you have had that testify to God’s presence with you either as the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit?
How can you become more aware of God’s presence with you?
Write a Psalm praising each member of the Trinity. Sing or recite it to God.