Wednesday Word 6.10.2020

Acts 2:1-4 New International Version

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

What a scene that must have been, tongues of fire and everyone speaking out in languages other than their own. Talk about mind-blowing! Sometimes when I read these passages, I try to envision a similar scene at a gathering of my church friends. It is fun to picture that!

Speaking in unknown tongues is not a comfortable concept for many of us. It isn’t something we encounter every day. But if you think about, maybe that really isn’t true. Maybe the Holy Spirit enables us to speak in ways we don’t usually speak. Many times, I have found myself in situations where someone I cared for, or maybe even a stranger to me, was in very serious need. They needed to hear something that would change their frame of reference, something that would calm or lift or encourage them. Later, I probably couldn’t tell you what was said, but it was just what they needed to hear at that precise moment. I unequivocally believe that it has very little to do with the speaker. I believe firmly that the Holy Spirit will help us to reach each other when it really matters. I truly believe the words will come when we have no idea what to say. If only we can learn to be still and let the Holy Spirit do the talking…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki