When I was a young girl, I spent a lot of time with my siblings and friends playing in the woods behind our home. We ran among the shaded trees so often that pathways were formed, allowing us to navigate from our house to friends’ homes.
Just beyond the entrance was a small creek. This muddy creek was not good for fishing, but we did find a good bit of frogs and small crawfish.
What possessed me to stick my hands in dirty water and pick up slimy creatures?
One of the last times I searched for crawfish was in my pre-teen years. My friends and I knew we would find them on the other side of the creek, but none of us wanted to walk through the water.
I spotted a large tree trunk a short distance from us. It had fallen across the creek making a bridge to the other side. I explained my plan of walking across the log, but everyone said it was a bad idea. Being the oldest in the group, I dismissed their warnings.
What did they know? They were merely kids.
I stepped onto the trunk and walked a few feet while maintaining my balance. Half way across, I noticed the trunk was partly submerged in water. It was not too deep and only my feet would get wet. I could live with that, I decided.
I placed my right foot onto the water covered surface without hesitation, but once my foot touched the slippery surface, I slid, lost my balance and landed in the water.
I climbed out as my companions stood at the water’s edge. They laughed and laughed. Then laughed some more. Without a word, and drenched from head to toe, I walked passed them and headed home.
This embarrassing incident could have been avoided if I had only listened to that feeling deep in my heart telling me to stop.
John 14:16-17 says:
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another
advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth.
Jesus did not leave his disciples wondering what to do after his death. He sent the Holy Spirit to guide them.
That same Spirit lives in our hearts today. It counsels, teaches and changes our hearts to grow spiritually. We only need to tune into it and let it speak to us.
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