We have all had road to Emmaus moments. Those times when what God was doing is right in front of us but we don’t recognize God’s presence in our living.
It’s easy to not see the Holy Spirit moving among us. It is by its very nature difficult to detect.
Like monkeys in the wild.
How do you catch sight of a wild monkey? By their movements in the trees.
First you see branches and leaves moving and then as you stare at a certain point, monkeys come into your view, generally as a flash of fur and faces. Sometimes you are blessed to have one or two stand still for you. But like the Spirit, they are always on the move.
Even knowing it is there does not make the Spirit’s movement easier to see. Whether flitting to and fro or vibrating as it hovers over the deep, the Holy Spirit is elusive but not unknowable.
It is generally after the fact that we see how God moved in a situation in order to save us, to bring us to enlightenment. It may entail tough and hard circumstances but even in these moments, God is with us.
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b (NIV)
Dear God, help us to see Your Holy Spirit moving in this world. Let us know its movements so that we might follow with it to do Your good on the planet. Thank You, Lord, for sending us this Spirit to comfort and join us in this unending work with freedom and joy. Amen.