A God of Action
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind,
and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” –Acts 2:1-2
We celebrated the Day of Pentecost yesterday in the life of the church; a day we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we read from the second chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, we hear about the Spirit of God whose love and presence can transform our lives.
Transformation is something that Pentecost tells us we need to expect; need to hope for; and need to be ready for. But, it’s probably something we are not prepared for; which gives us a clue as to what that day of Pentecost must have been like so many centuries ago.
Something completely unexpected took hold of the disciples and others; something changed them; transformed them and sent them out into the world to share what they had experienced with others. Once it started, they couldn’t stop it because they were filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit.
Author Barbara Brown Taylor asks, “Do we still believe in a God who acts like that. Do we still believe in a God who blows through closed doors and sets our heads on fire? Do we still believe in a God with power to transform us, both as individuals and as a people, or have we come to an unspoken agreement that our God is pretty old and tired by now, someone to whom we may address our prayer requests but not anyone we really expect to change our lives?”
I invite us in this Pentecost season to expect the Spirit of God to show up…expect the Spirit to move and transform us in ways that amaze us, but that will also send us out beyond ourselves to be faithful examples of God’s love in this world of many people.