Wednesday, June 12, 2019
“Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” [Romans 5:3b-5]
The Holy Spirit is at work in us, pouring God’s love generously into our hearts so that we can endure whatever troubles or celebrate whatever joys might come. How have you experienced the Holy Spirit at work in your life? How has or does the Spirit fill you with love? The visual image of pouring in this passage is powerful for me. I can easily envision myself as a receiving vessel. As such, I just need to be available to the Spirit and open to the gift of love being offered. That is, I need to be willing to be filled. Maybe, another visual image may help us. Envision a five-gallon water cooler. If the lid is on top, it doesn’t matter how much pouring happens from an outside source. Whatever is poured will bounce off the lid and fall to the ground and not into the cooler. Imagine our lives like this cooler; could it be that the Spirit is trying to pour God’s love into our lives, but we are not poised to receive God’s love? But, if the lid is off, the water cooler can receive bountiful water and then offer it to others through its dispenser. The same holds true for us. What water cooler are you more like? Do you have a closed or open lid?
Generous God, your love never runs dry; it is like an ever-flowing stream, a pitcher that never runs out waiting to fill another. Help me to be an open vessel, ready and willing to be poured into, so that I might receive and then share your generous love, grace and peace with others. Amen.