Called Out, May 23.2012

ACTS 2:1-3 
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.

Have you noticed how the disciples seem to be all together in one place all the time? At least since the death and even after the resurrection of Jesus. What do you think they’re scared of? Are they huddling together waiting for the Judean Elite and Roman officials to forget about what happened? Are they waiting to see what crazy thing this Rabbi Son of God will do next? Are they still in a state of shock and disbelief? Are they doing strategic planning or visioning so they move forward with precision?

Well according to our Pentecost story from Acts they’ve waited and watched and gathered together in one place for long enough. Now the Spirit is interceding. And not with the a gentle or deep sigh but with a rushing violent wind and tongues of fire. I bet that got their attention!

Can you remember a time the Spirit swept into your life and grabbed your attention? Were you waiting for it? Hoping to be blown in a new and exciting direction? Or were you scared and huddled up hoping it would blow on by? In this well known story from Acts the disciples are called out and made visible once again in their communities. God’s fire danced on their heads.

How has God called you out of your comfortable or hidden places and what has God marked you for?

May the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit find you,
And may you be delighted in the dancing movement of the Spirit,
May God’s call catch like fire,
Lighting your way forward and warming you from within.