Last month I shared the following when I was leading the prayers at a church service; I thought it might be good to post it here as well. It will probably feed into some long term writing, but here’s a taster.
In September I started thinking of the Holy Spirit as a golden current, not literally, but as a kind of visual aid for prayer and reflection. The kind of current you find in the sea – vast ocean currents – and also the air (the latter is a very biblical analogy, in fact!).
I was challenged to recognise the Holy Spirit present-with-us. God is in the room. Do we know that? Really know that? God’s Spirit fills the world, is moving and working in so many ways.
I also felt challenged to step into this current, embracing it, being driven – no, swept into the life of freedom we have been offered.
Often we stand outside the current.
We might not be paying attention, we may have forgotten the reality of God’s living presence everywhere. I want to awaken my soul to that reality.
Sometimes we are kept in place by fear, but we need not be afraid. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Sometimes we fold our arms and refuse to budge, so determined that what we are doing right now is the most appropriate thing, the right place to be, and we blinker ourselves to the possibility of being called to live differently.
We end up idolising our own opinions, and are so bound up with ourselves that we refuse to see the Spirit at work, and we don’t inhabit God’s purposes for us and how we live – even in the smallest aspects of our lives.
Perhaps we are carrying some things too tightly. Letting them go is scary. It can make us feel vulnerable. And yes – we may get things wrong; we will need humility.
We may need to do some yielding, learning how to surrender. But God’s Spirit is with us.
When we pray, let’s consider ourselves as stepping into that golden current, acknowledging that the Spirit helps to pray, guides us, counsels us and frees us – often from ourselves.
It’s good to remind myself of these thoughts, as it can be easy to slip away from the things we find helpful in our lives of faith. What imagery helps you when you pray?