Read: “From one man he has made every nation of humanity to live all over the earth. He has given them the seasons of the year and the boundaries within which to live. He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. In fact, he is never far from any one of us.” Acts 17:26-27 (GW)
Reflect: My husband and I were raised as Catholics. In our early twenties, while raising our boys, we fell away from the faith. Nevertheless, we still saw the value of passing on our tradition to them, so we dropped them off at catechism every Sunday at the Navy base chapel. We didn’t attend Mass, but rather abdicated our responsibility as spiritual heads of our family to people we barely knew. We were not growing in faith and love of Jesus and his church during that season, and neither were our kids.
After my husband left the military, we reconnected with friends in Los Angeles. Transitioning into civilian life was not easy. My best friend took us in, and while living with her family for several months, we experienced the love and care of God through them. God used that season, that place, and that family to draw us back to him. They didn’t push Jesus on us. Neither did God. He simply blew his Spirit our way – directing us to a place where we might reach for him and find him. It was up to us to put up our sails, to cooperate with his spirit to transform us. Every time we attended worship, read the Bible, or fellowshipped with our friends, we put up our sails. This did not have a profound effect only on my husband and me. It was also instrumental in shaping the lives of our now-grown, Jesus-loving men.
React: Spiritual transformation is a choice. Each day we decide to cooperate with the Spirit’s work in us is a step in the right direction. Will you put up your sail and catch the Spirit’s wind?
Pray: God, thank you for the transformative work of your spirit. Help us to choose you every day.