I recently had a conversation with my mom where I asked her to tell me more about myself when I was a little girl. She replied by saying that I was always her friend that would often ask, “Mom! What’s next? What are we going to do next?” I have always been on the edge of life, looking towards the next thing. I am finding great value in embracing the ambitious dreams and plans I get to imagine with the Holy Spirit. But more recently, I have been leaning into the present moment more than I ever have, and I have found authentic beauty, wonder, and joy.
You may have heard that I just returned from spending 2 months in the North Carolina woods at a discipleship school for creative young adults. This program, called the 18 Inch Journey, was an absolutely life transforming experience for me for many reasons—yet one of the most pressing reasons was the opportunity to learn how to embrace the present moment with wonder.
I believe the secret to living in the present moment is found in actively pursuing friendship with the Holy Spirit. Friendship with the Holy Spirit allows us to close the gap from the practical, mundane, day-to-day things and the beautiful, wonderful, revelations we have with God.
I have been enjoying the companionship and the surprises of the Holy Spirit lately. I feel it most in moments when I am staring at my monthly budget on an excel sheet, cleaning the base boards in my new apartment, or when I drive to church. When I go grocery shopping, laugh until I cry, and when I share a beautiful meal with friends. When we open our eyes to the ever-present, beautiful nature of our best friend, the Holy Spirit, our whole reality begins to look different.
He brings beauty to the things that never felt beautiful before.
We all have this type of access to the Holy Spirit. It brings great sorrow to my heart when I hear or see people getting bored with the reality of the Gospel, but I feel like friendship with the Holy Spirit is the thing that keeps our relationship with the Lord vibrant, growing, and filled with wonder. We enjoy the present moment with him, no matter how chaotic it is, because we are simply with him. Even as I write this morning, I picture many of you with young families, rigorous careers, life as a student, crazy Holiday schedules and I hear the Holy Spirit saying, “I love this season with each one of them.” He meets you right where you are.
Though we can find the Holy Spirit in seasons where we move away from the pressures of life, we most often find his friendship right in the middle of our current season. He wants to be involved in the moments when there are toys all over the floor, 6 sports events in one weekend, 3 Holiday Parties to run to in the same night, an 8-hour shift of a job you don’t prefer, waking up early for worship rehearsal, or finally laying your head to rest at the end of a long day.
Life with the Holy Spirit is where we truly work out our salvation, and how we stay rooted in the beauty of the present moment.
Here is a quick exercise to help you engage with the Holy Spirit in real time.
Take a deep breath and invite the Holy Spirit into the moment.
Pause for 30 seconds and allow your heart the room to breathe.
Ask the Lord, “Who do you want to be for me in this season that you couldn’t be for me in any other season?”
If you are in a space where you can journal, journal his response. If you are right in the middle of a chaotic moment, simply hear his voice and let his answer affect you.
Pause for 30 seconds and allow your heart to be affected by the Holy Spirit’s voice.
Take one more deep breath and invite the Holy Spirit into the rest of the moment.
It is absolutely amazing what can happen when we actually live our lives with soft, affected hearts. The Lord is waiting on the edge of his seat for you to invite him into your every day.
Thank you so much for reading and giving me the time and space to seek the Lord in a unique and intentional way over the last couple of months. I feel consistently honored by our community and I’m so happy to be back. I pray that the Holy Spirit would infuse your day-to-day moments with breathtaking wonder and excitement. I pray that you would have the courage to live slowly, and allow joy, wonder, truth, and beauty to be the compass of your life.