Recently, my youngest daughter started attending Grad school in Manhattan. Since we had recently moved out of State, she was unfamiliar with the commute from where we lived to the city.
The first two days, her dad drove her in. However, on her third day, she needed to take the train. Sensing her hesitancy to do it alone, I quickly offered to accompany her, and she gladly accepted the offer.
Since I am working from home, I suggested working from her school’s cafeteria. That way, I would not need to go to my office, and it would be easy for us to connect to make the journey home at the end of the day.
The horrified look on her face immediately told me that my suggestion was not a good one. She said “Mommy, I don’t want anyone to know that my mom followed me to school.” She further continued, “everyone in school is grown and fully independent. I would not want anyone to think less of me if they knew my mom followed me to school.” I fully understood, and we agreed where we would meet each other in the afternoon.
As I was making my way to my office, I played over the conversation in my head. I imagined when she walked into her classroom, her peers and professors would see a bold and confident young lady who had graduated her undergrad magna cum laude with departmental honors. But, they would never know that if her mom did not accompany her that day, she would have had challenges finding her way on her own.
As I smiled to myself, the Holy Spirit reminded me that that is what he does for me. I lead worship, sing, teach, preach, facilitate meetings, etc. None of this would have been possible if I did not have the Holy Spirit alongside me. Everyone sees the bold me standing up to do whatever I have to. But without the Holy Spirit, I would be like Cinderella standing in her rags after the magic from her fairy Godmother wears out.
Better than what I did for my daughter, the Holy Spirit is with me ALL the time. Wherever I am, he is. He is like a ‘teleprompter.’ I can speak because he is telling me what to say. The world may see a bold, confident, articulate individual, but the real MVP is the Holy Spirit, without whom I cannot do anything.
The best news is that the Holy Spirit is available to anyone who welcomes him. As stated in (John 14:26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you.” (John 14:26).
Jesus kept his promise and sent the Holy Spirit. The ball is in our court whether we will enlist him to support us or continue trying on our own.
I encourage you to say yes to the help of the Holy Spirit.