This weekend I had the privilege of teaching God’s Word to a group of dear, sweet ladies. I had spoken to these ladies before, and the sheer fact that they invited me back was astounding!
This year, the theme was “Falling in Love with Jesus.” It was such a great theme that I easily came to a decision on what part of Scripture I was going to teach from. That always scares me. I never want to get ahead of the leading of the Holy Spirit, so I “pumped the brakes” and prayed for guidance.
As the days turned into weeks, I still felt like I was supposed to speak about the person who fell in love with Jesus first: Mary. Nowhere in Scripture treats the relationship between Mary and Jesus better (in my vastly uneducated opinion) than in The Magnificat, Mary’s song magnifying the greatness of God and her gratitude for her Savior. (Luke 1:46-55)
As I prepared my lesson, I knew how I would begin, how I would teach and treat the main portion of the text, and what kind of assignment I would give for our “table talk” segment, but I was drawing a total blank on what would happen for the last “wrap-up” portion of the morning.
I lost count on how many times I opened and closed the very laptop I am writing from, walked away, and sought His leadership regarding the conclusion of the lesson.
As I was headed to my car to participate in an event at my church, just one night away from my speaking engagement, I felt a strong sense of the Holy Spirit. The impression (I steer away from saying He speaks to me because that can be so grossly misinterpreted) I received was this: I was led to the Scripture for a particular purpose, I had been obedient and had studied, and it was now time to release it to Him and allow Him to take it. All of it.
In essence, “I’ve got this, Dolly.”
What I learned from this experience is three-fold:
Don’t be afraid to let Him have it all.
Easier said than done, right? We can handle feeling like He has led us to something, but then how do we handle it when He wants to take us further? Pull us out of the control/comfort zone and make us really lean on Him? Take away the safety net of “self” and watch Him lead? Peter had all the faith he needed to walk on the water- until he didn’t. Splash. (Matthew 14:22-33)
Believe it can happen to you.
Part of the lesson I delighted in teaching was really intended for me: the anointing of the Holy Spirit isn’t just for the folks in the Bible. The Holy Spirit covered Mary and gave the world the gift of Jesus. He covered Elizabeth and suddenly she and her son (John the Baptist) knew Mary was pregnant with the Savior! (Luke 1:39-45) The Holy Spirit didn’t stop after that. The people in the Bible are regular people, just like us. He will work in our lives if we allow Him to.
Even though we want to, we don’t see the big picture. That’s God’s job.
As the hands began to pop up when I asked the ladies to read their “love letter to Jesus,” I had no idea how He was going to be praised that day. All I needed to do was what we need to do every day- get out of His way! Women of all ages, all manner of brokenness, and all personalities began to share their common love for the Savior of the world. At that moment, we were one in the Spirit and we were tied together by grace of God.