Coming Sunday, August 26th
Several years ago Lake Havasu City Arizona endured some of the worst flooding in the city’s history according to local folks. Wendy and I had shortly moved in and I vividly remember the hard rains followed by the roaring and then crashing waters rumbling down the wash adjacent to our back yard. Little did I know at the time what was happening in other locations around town; we had no idea that people’s yards were being washed away and that one man lost his life as he and his car were both carried away by the rushing waters. Flood waters rushing upon us seem like a fitting example to point to when we’re searching for words to describe those things that descend upon us quickly, possibly without warning!
Long ago as the prophet Samuel, following the Lord’s decree, was anointing young David as the second king of Israel, the bible says “from that day forward the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David.” And in my musings and meanderings of what that might mean- or what the Biblical writer wanted it to mean- I’ve come up with this thought: Perhaps at that moment God saw an “opening” or a crevice or a crack in the personality or personhood of young David and “rushed upon” him and filled him with God’s grace, knowledge, love and power, all the things David would need to be a God-ordained leader.
And I wonder: what would it take for the Holy Spirit to rush upon you and me? Are we ready?