Do you ever think about how the Holy Spirit makes Himself known in your life? Sometimes I experience His presence like a gentle breeze whistling through my soul, other times He brings a burst of joy or a flood of tears... He really is delightful, surprising and astonishing at times! Yet other times I sense His instruction in the form of a foreboding warning, "Don't read that book, or go to that place." I have often been given such warnings that sometimes years later have been confirmed. It is sometimes what I like to call the gift of 'sensing.' Other's might call it intuition, but I like to call it a gift of the Holy Spirit.
I would like to officially declare my love of the Holy Spirit!
Yesterday, I had something remarkable happen and I am so happy to share the story with you! I see a number of professionals for a variety of issues and often times I see them regularly. One woman had a variety of angels in different places in her office. Every time I visited her office, I would take note and talk to her about different spiritual things. During one of my visits, I sensed that I should add to her collection and buy her one -- an angel. I see the woman on a regular basis, and the thought came and went, eventually I dismissed it as a case of my love of shopping and at times spending too much money! I decided while it was a nice idea, surely I couldn't buy something every time I had the idea!
something REMARKABLE happened.
I had the thought again,
"Buy Vivienne an angel."
Except this time, there was a sense of urgency about it.
I was scheduled to see Vivienne later that day and in between a variety of appointments, I went angel shopping. Again, I became dismissive about the command of buying her an angel. I saw one I liked, but then I put it down. I like to go to noon mass, and it was about to start, just across the street from the from the mall. I had the angel in my hand, and decided to put it down and forget the entire idea altogether. I rationalized myself out of the thought and went to mass. After mass, I became completely convicted and determined to get the angel I was holding earlier. I went back to the store. It had disappeared. I was a bit stunned, because this gift store with filled to the brim with dozens and dozens of statues. When I couldn't find it -- I sensed a battle going on. I did sense that Satan was interfering, so I rallied up some holy determination. I spoke to the sales clerk, she made it clear she hadn't sold it in the last hour. We rummaged through the store thoroughly and found another one of these angels in a remotely different spot. My heart sank when I noticed it was damaged and not fit for a gift. But from that statue, the clerk was able to get the serial number. My heart soared to heaven and back when she found a brand new one packaged still in the box. She wrapped it up for me and I was one happy camper!
Here is the supernatural part. I headed off with angel in hand to my meeting with Vivienne. When I got there, I learned she wasn't there this particular day, which was highly unusual. We had a meeting.
Through a series of coincidences, I ended up in Vivienne's office anyway.
I sensed something was off. I sensed something was wrong.
I asked others in the office who maintained her confidentiality and simply said,
"Vivienne will be back next week."
I left my angel all wrapped up in her office, a gift for her return next week.
When I got back to my own office and checked my voicemail, I heard this message.
"Vivienne will not be available for your meeting tomorrow, she called in and has a family emergency"
I was struck by the series of events. How about you?
Do you have a story to share? About the Holy Spirit?