My roommate, Sara and I decided to play worship music while we sleep. I turned it Hillsong United on Pandora. I do not know why we have not thought of playing worship music as we slept before. The music creates a peaceful atmosphere. It allows your mind to settle down and give praise back to God, whether that is verbally or mentally. Personally, I love worship music because my soul is fixed on God and it makes me more hungry for Him.
The first night that Sara and I played worship music, I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit. I slept on the futon that night. When I was waking up, it was early hours of the morning, probably 2 or 3. I was still in the stage where you are not fully awake but can comprehend. My ears picked up the worship music, many verses were muffled, besides one verse. This is what I remembered, “Faith is ______…” and the rest of the verses were muffled. I finally opened my eyes and scanned around the room. I hear the beat of sound of the song, but could not pick up the verses. I turned onto my back, and outstretched my arm and hands. Out of nowhere I said, “Come, Holy Spirit.” My chest rose involuntarily and I passed out.
I woke up in mid-Sunday morning and tried collecting my thoughts about what occurred last night. Sara and I met Drew in the lobby for Church. On the way Church, I was telling them what happened last night. I told them that I was confused why I could not remember the third word to the only verse that I heard. No one knew why.
We were running a tad late for Church because we saw a woman hitchhiking. At first, we looked at her and passed her. Both Drew and I, silently contemplated whether or not we should have stopped. We made up of a lot of excuses why we did not stop. We rolled into the parking lot of Bemidji Baptist Church, and I told him that we are turning around. We headed back in the direction of the woman. We passed the spot where she was originally standing, and she was not there. We scanned the whole area. The reason why I passed the woman hitchhiking was because I could give her nothing. I did not have any money or food on me. But, when we passed the spot again where she no longer stood, I thought, I could have given her Jesus. I thank God everyday that He sent me to Bemidji and showed me the path to get to small group, Chi Alpha and Kings. His love that I am seeking is building my faith everyday. I continue to pursue my Father’s heart. Not everyone is aware of how precious it is to have a relationship with the Father. Many fall into the world. This means they resort to earthly pleasures and sin to fulfill the emptiness in their heart and soul. This is not what we were created to be. We are in the world, but we must not act like or become it. We must persevere with God to bring Heaven down to earth. There is no room for hesitation or doubt. If God convicts You to do something, obey Him.
Since the woman hitchhiker, I have prayed for no more hesitation. God knows the Beginning and the End. He has already seen what happens down the road for you. He has thought it through for you! It comes down to trust. Trust Him when you can not see where the road leads.
We entered the parking lot of Bemidji Baptist Church once more and headed inside. We sat in the back and pulled out the hymn book. I randomly parted my hymn and it opened to a song called, Come, Holy Spirit (Law of the Spirit of life...have made me free). I kind of freaked out in the pew. I showed Sara and Drew what I flipped too. They just politely nodded. I started reading the hymn. I had to write some verses down:
Come as a wisdom to children
Come as new sight to the blind
Come, Lord, as strength to my weakness
Take me: SOUL, BODY & MIND
Come, Holy Spirit, I need You!
Come in Your own gentle way
Come as a dew to my dryness
Come to the withered of soul
Fill me with joy ever more
O let Your sweet healing power; touch me and make me whole
The Holy Spirit is powerful. Holy Spirit breathe on me. Let sunshine fill its in most part. Teach me in word of living flame what Christ would have me do. Until my will is lost in Thine, to live for Thee.
God has equipped you with His spirit, the Holy Spirit! Jesus came down to proclaim God’s Message. It is our duty to do the same. Take up your cross and follow Jesus! Jesus modeled it for you. He taught the simplicity behind the Message: to love God and your neighbors.
We were heading back to campus when Drew mentioned that he thought about what the third word could have possible been. He elaborated that faith is multiple things.
Faith is having complete trust in God and knowing His plan is the best for you. Faith is walking into darkness but showing the darkness you carry a radiating light. Faith is constantly communicating with God. Faith is letting God have control.
Christ meant it when He died for our sins! He paved the way for us. I know I deserve nothing, but He gave me everything. I’m so thankful to have an Almighty Father who watches over me. I’m homesick for Heaven.