Dear Lord, thank you for this time you have given us to read and reflect on your word. I am so thankful for the privilege to do this and I hope we share what we learn about You today with others. Amen.
… but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
I want to share a story with you, but before I do I want to preface it with this. I have a hard time sharing certain personal experiences because I don’t want to come off as prideful. My hope is that you won’t see me through this story, but see it as an encouragement to what the Spirit can do in our lives. With that said, lets do this thing.
It was a beautiful evening football game at the University of Louisville. My roommate, Ryan, and I were having a great time with his Uncle. The game was tight for the first few quarters, but by the end of the third quarter Louisville began to pull away.
We were talking about leaving pretty soon when I looked over to my left for some reason. I saw a man who had just gotten some nachos with a big smile on his face, rightfully so. He was about to CRUSH them, I could see it in his eyes. As he was going to his seat, a man stood up and accidentally bumped into him.
It felt like slow motion, the nachos came crashing down from his hands. The man who stood up was furious because the cheese had gotten all over him. The man who had bought the food looked defeated. After the altercation he sat in his seat alone, no nachos, nothing. Just a lot of cold stares and disappointed head shaking around him.
I felt for the guy. I mean food at a college football game ain’t cheap! He probably spent $10 on the nachos and all the sudden, gone. Along with getting chewed out and shamed for spilling them on someone. This is when the Spirit tapped on my shoulder.
You ever get that? Something in your head will just say, “You should do something about this.” I felt the Spirit saying this to me. I thought what the heck, I am just trying to enjoy the game. I don’t want to get in the middle of this. I put the thought aside for a bit, but couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Eventually I gave in, “What do you want me to do?” I said. I felt the Spirit telling me to go get this guy some fresh nachos. Excuses flowed in. Well, nachos are expensive and I am broke as it is. I didn’t even buy anything for myself! I wanted to leave and forget everything I saw, but the Spirit kept knocking.
After a lot of disagreement, I got out of my seat and told my roommate I was going to the bathroom. I came back with some fresh nachos and gave them to my man who had just been publicly embarrassed. Man I was nervous and kept trying to find a way to get out of it, but I knew I needed to be obedient. I felt the Spirit pushing me.
The man didn’t say anything when I gave him the nachos. He just looked at me in the eyes with disbelief and almost on the verge of tears. I walked away, not trying to make a big deal about it and left the game.
You can’t put a price on seeing God work in those moments. I don’t know why God wanted me to do this, but I know He wanted me to and that is enough for me. My encouragement to you is to let the Spirit guide you in moments of uncertainty. There are so many times in our daily lives where the Spirit wants to intercede, but we tend to push Him aside. We can really begin to experience God when we put his call into action.
Romans goes on to say that living in the Spirit brings us peace. I felt that peace more than I ever have in that moment. God wants to use us. He wants to use YOU. He wants to show others Jesus through you. We just have to let Him. I pray we all begin to allow the Spirit to walk alongside us during our day to day life. I promise it will bring you more hope and more peace than you have ever felt before.
I would love to hear any stories you have. Please comment below to help encourage others and show them the work Jesus is doing in your life. Thank you for reading.
Have a great day!