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Question for this week’s Creative Writing assignment: What famous person would you like to meet and why?
This might seem like a cliché answer, but I would want to meet Jesus face to face. True, God lives inside my heart, but it would be so amazing if I could get a direct answer from Him instead of waiting for that nudge and praying for weeks that He would guide me through the Holy Spirit.
The first questions I’d probably think to ask Him would be those that have been going on inside my mind this past year: Where do I go to college, Jesus? Or do you want me to stay home and be a writer? Or travel to Africa to teach English?
But then perhaps I’d ask Him about my relationships: Which friends do you want me to hang out with and invest my time in? Who do you want me to pursue a deep, meaningful relationship with? How do I encourage my friends and family to draw closer to You? And of my nonbelieving friends, which of them are open to hearing the gospel? How do I even go about sharing the good news to people?
I’d also probably ask Him about my shyness: How do I get out of my shyness? How do I free my mind from thinking about other people might be thinking?
Finally, I’d dig deep into my heart and ask Him: Out of all the things I could do to help this hurting world, what would you have me do for You, Lord? Who did you create me to be?
But maybe I’d be asking all the wrong questions. Maybe He wouldn’t answer directly at all, and instead give me a parable or metaphor to decipher. Maybe He’d smile at me and tell me that I needed to live my life and wait patiently for Him to reveal the answers.
Now that I think about it, praying through the Holy Spirit and waiting on the Lord are probably some of the greatest tests of our faith we will ever face. Perhaps God wants us to grow our trust in Him, to learn to trust Him completely no matter how mysterious life seems. Rather than giving us a direct answer, He guides us quietly in a faint whisper so we have to lean in and listen carefully with all our might. He isn’t trying to be mean. He is drawing us in to the most intimate and satisfying relationship that has ever existed.
My encouragement for you is that we can see Jesus here today, whether after a long period of waiting on the Lord or through the briefest moment of realization. Whenever the Holy Spirit calls out to our hearts (and we test the Spirit and know it’s Him), we see Jesus. Whenever we pray or read the Bible, we see Jesus.
God is with us, and someday those of us who believe in Jesus will most certainly get to meet Him face to face.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13 (NIV)