But the Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My Place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. (John 14:26)
Have you, sitting in the dark of a movie theatre, suddenly have the distinct feeling that the Holy Spirit had just highlighted something to you. A sentence uttered by a character on the giant screen that speaks directly into your situation. Piercing deep into your heart. As if He came along to a most unlikely place, to speak at the most unlikely moment, using a most unlikely medium. He is unpredictable like that. He is good like that. He is a True Friend like that. That same sentence had just been uttered in your heart the same morning. As if this was His way of affirming, and strengthening you; to encourage and lift you even when you were not looking nor expecting Him to back you up. It was as if He answered the possible discouragement that might come when you happen to speak with the wrong people. He likes to come alongside us like that because it is His nature to be a Supporter. A Lifter-upper. He likes to live with us. Everyday. Everywhere.
Consider it all joy, brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
Could it be that when we categorized situations into bad ones, good ones or the daily mundane ones, we have not truly come to a place of living with Him. We are still leaning on ourselves to make life work. Could it be that when we are still self-conscious of our wants, desiring only situations that we categorize as those that would benefit us, striving to avoid any situation that we deem as bad, we are still living in fear, we are still treating the Holy Spirit as a spiritual force, as a spiritual tool we use to make life work for us as we planned it. Could it be that when we treat Him as a power, we are still equating speaking in tongues the only evidence of His presence in our lives; we have no real understanding Who we have inherited. We have yet to know Him as a Person. What if He is more? What if life with Him is much deeper than being able to speak in another tongue; life with Him richer than physical manifestations that we think are confined to a place, a conference, a song? Could it be that life with Him is like walking with Wisdom Himself; having a Counsellor right beside us when we need some sound advice. Could it be that living life with Him is like walking from maturity to maturity and we find ourselves transforming into His image; without really trying, Who He is rubs on us. Could it be that when we wallow in the perceived injustice in our lives, our ills and wrongs, or flaunt our successes; when we delve into how woeful life have been to us, or becoming prideful of our achievements, we have not yet experience Him. We have not experienced Him as our Comforter, our constant Companion. We do not yet know Him as Our Helper, our Friend. We have not encounter Him as our Strengthener, our Supporter. Our relationship with Him is still surface, superficial; our understanding of who we are becoming in Him still babyish. And our love still immature, not yet deep nor high.
He saw your heart to the bottom, and loved you to the skies. - Timothy Keller
The good news is: He loves us more than we dare to hope; He is here to upgrade us. The good news is: To love deeply is more than being friendly; we can only love as deeply as we ourselves are loved. Love in Jesus is more than being nice; He laid down His life for us. If we truly understand the power of this love, we would perhaps change our language to reflex His.