A couple months ago, my roommate Hayden hurt his shoulder. The pain was preventing him from doing what he loves to do which is surfing. Rarely does Hayden ever ask me to pray for him, but he apparently was in enough pain to push him over the vulnerable edge of asking me to pray for his shoulder. So I laid my hand on his shoulder, I prayed, and the pain left immediately. Hayden then went surfing the next morning and the pain hasn’t come back to this day.
So what exactly happened there? I took a risk, the power of the Holy Spirit flowed through me as a willing vessel, and Jesus did what he does best. This Power series I’m doing on this blog is really about my desire for myself to take more risks of Power. Hopefully this series can allow us all to see God in a whole new light and encourage us to step out in faith. I truly believe that it is essential to the Christian life to attempt the impossible.
Personally, I often feel like I may be boring the Holy Spirit with my lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I know God loves us unconditionally and is always radically proud of us. However, because I believe we are meant to have a relationship with Holy Spirit, I can’t shake the feeling that when I don’t live a lifestyle that allows God to act like God, maybe he gets bored?
Think about it. Everything that Jesus did in the Gospels was the Holy Spirit’s raw Power. Read the miraculous stories in the book of Acts. Read the heavenly wisdom of Paul’s epistles. Lose yourself in the mysterious and beautiful visions in the book of Revelation. One thing is clear about the Holy Spirit from the beginning to the end of the Bible and that is that He loves to have a fun time. The Holy Spirit is the Power of God in action. He loves setting people free, He loves healing people, He loves declaring the purposes of God into people’s lives, He loves transforming cities to look more and more like Heaven. It’s quite clear that these impossible things are activities that Holy Spirit is quite fond of. So why don’t I life a daily life that creates an avenue for him to do what he loves to do? Why would I ever quench him?
I pray that all believers and myself included would be awakened to the call of Matthew 10:7
“As you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.’”
After Hayden had his shoulder healed, he had more faith to see God do the same thing in another person. He told me about his friend Joel who works near his job. Joel had hurt his knee and was in need of surgery. It sounded like a perfectly fine Power-opportunity to me so we went and prayed for him. Guess what? His knee was healed and the pain was gone.
Joel bent down and was doing some testing and a surprised smile crept up to his face and he was filled with joy. Naturally, that moment opened up the door to some more conversation about God and the moment was truly beautiful. Because it was about expressing God’s love more than displaying power, I made a new friend that day.
To be completely honest though, Joel ended up hurting the same knee soon after. I’m not fully aware of the story behind it, but it appears to me that either the knee may not have been completely restored or he truly just hurt it all over again. I’m not sure.
Here’s where the mystery comes in. I do believe that a miracle took place in that moment. But I can’t deny that the knee was hurt again. I wont claim to have God completely figured out, I think we need to allow room for mystery without us trying to be God’s defense attorneys. My job is to cry out to God alone and ask him why the pain came back to Joel, and to ask God to show me truths of the kingdom to prevent this from happening again. One response I can’t afford to make would be me losing faith in the truth of who God is – He is good, He is love, and He is healing.
The reason I told you the bad news of the situation is because I believe we need to be aware that this lifestyle is a journey and an adventure. As long as we continue to risk, we will see miraculous breakthrough, and we will also see failures. What’s important is that we grow from every experience and continue to run the race.