‘Holy Spirit, Rain Down’ is the first track on an album that my parents bought for me years ago. It’s a Hillsongs album, and the front cover is in pastels. My first impressions weren’t good! But over the years it’s been a regular quiet-time companion. And this year the sentiment behind it has been working on me…
There is an imbalance in the way most of us perceive God. We can comprehend that if the Universe was created by a god, it could be God the Father. And that He might communicate his love and care through beauty and attention to detail. We can accept that if anyone could save us from ourselves and point to a better way, it could be God the Son. And that He might, as God, live among us, as us, dying for us, communicating again his undying love for us.
Where we sometimes stumble is in accepting the third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit. Can we comprehend that God, being God, might work in supernatural ways, often behind the scenes but occasionally out in the open through the miraculous? Can we grasp hold of the truth that there are some things that Christians are able to do that without God, would be impossible? Can we accept that God wants to speak directly into our lives and through our lives?
Let’s get a balanced view of God, where we free Him to work in us in every way he so desires. It’s Pentecost Sunday this weekend – we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, Rain Down.