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One-a-Day...for the Heart: Spirit Led

I drew the same blank screen in my mind every year in music class when the teacher challenged us to paint or draw what we “saw” as we listened to a piece of music. I never “saw” anything! Whether we listened to Chopin, Beethoven, or the sixth-grade school band, I didn't see a thing while the music played. Other students busily painted or colored fairies or monsters or colorful landscapes. I had to think of something!

     So I did. For every musical selection, I drew the same picture every year of my elementary school career, and the teachers were none the wiser. My signature piece of artwork was Boy Fishing by Pond with Baseball Cap On. It was genius because I could change the color of the cap or add a tree for variety, depending on how creative I felt. If the music was a soft Brahm's Lullaby, there were no curvy ripples in the pond. If there was a significant crescendo swell within the selection, more than one fish appeared in the pond, placed vertically as if leaping. If the musical arrangement included a large variety of instruments, the boy's shirt might have stripes for variety. From year to year, I felt secure with my classic piece of artwork. I'd made my plan, and as far as I could tell, it was a satisfactory interpretation of just about any song.

     Living a Spirit-led life should never be as predictable as Boy Fishing by Pond with Baseball Cap On. The Holy Spirit in us is a creator and original thinker. His plans and ideas for any given day in our lives have endless twists, turns, and possibilities. Depending on the musical selection He picks for our day, He may want us to sit quietly in His presence and meditate on His Word as He speaks to our hearts and minds.

     Perhaps today, though, the Holy Spirit has a specific person He'd like you to talk to. When you go for a routine medical appointment, someone needing to hear a ready answer for the hope within you is seated beside you in the waiting room. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

     Will you stay in your comfort zone, bury your head in a magazine or phone, and just pull out the Boy Fishing by Pond with Baseball Cap On response? Or, will you allow the Holy Spirit to embolden you to initiate a conversation and draw something new as this divine appointment takes shape while the Holy Spirit creates hope and life?

     A life led by the Holy Spirit is fresh and new every day! Whether we're at our desks in the office, enjoying a luxurious day at the beach, making a meal for a friend, mowing the yard, or praying for someone—no matter what the day holds--the Holy Spirit has a unique plan for anything that crosses our paths. He will show us ways to be more effective, joyful, efficient, and creative.

     Prayer, for instance. I have come to appreciate and depend on the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit's leading during prayer. When praying for someone, be open to the Spirit impressing on you exactly how to pray. Often it is not as we would lead out in prayer, in words and phrases we are comfortable with. Rather, a thought or word will come to your thinking, as the Lord takes over.

     I should have discarded Boy Fishing by Pond with Baseball Cap On after its first year of success. I should have tried a fairy or monster. Who knows what may have emerged in my artwork? There is no limit to the Holy Spirit's capabilities in and through us! Trusting in His ability to lead and guide us means that we completely trust in our Heavenly Father's ability to direct our steps. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God (Romans 8:14 NLT). There's childlike faith involved in depending on the Holy Spirit's direction. Sometimes we think we're more mature than we are and can handle things better our way than God's.

     Let this be our prayer: Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground! (Psalm 143:10 ESV).

© 2024, Chris Custer Werre


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