❝When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.❞ Acts 2:1-4
Reflection by Linda Moore
As I reflect on this passage, I can’t help but think how distressed the disciples must have been on that day. Their friend, teacher, and perhaps the true Son of God, was gone. They were probably bewildered, scared, and wondering what to do. I imagine they didn’t know what their fate entailed except the anticipation that their future probably was not good. Then the surprise: signs from God that all was well and that they were equipped to face the next task.
I think about how this has played out in my life. I have faced times that felt as though all was lost and that my future included sleeping under the overpass in a cardboard box. Those were not, and are not, easy times. They are full of self-doubt and searching for answers that don’t seem to come; any fleeting thought I do get seems improbable. During those times I have felt that I needed to be in an enclosed room or a cave and definitely not out in the sunshine of life.
Through my faith and my faith community, I have learned that I am not abandoned during those times. I have learned to trust that God does love me, that he hears my distressed calls, and that he is forming the opportunity to equip me for the next task. I have also learned that it is up to me to be patient, to listen, and to be open to his answers. When the answer does come, it is almost always a surprise: something I would never have come to on my own and something that has brought me great joy and satisfaction. I feel that these answers have provided me the opportunity to be at least a small reflection of Christ’s light to the world.
The surprise is the affirmation that we are all part of God’s kingdom. And what a glorious world it is.