When I was about seven years old, my mom brought me and my twin sister to an overnight camp. We were so excited! We had never been camping outside all night long, and I couldn’t wait for this new adventure. We’d be away from our parents for 24 hours, and we would meet new people, play new games and explore new territory!
My mother walked my sister and I to the registration, and gave the woman at the table my name. My mom handed me my sleeping bag and backpack and gave me a kiss and a hug. Then, she told me that my twin wouldn’t be staying at the camp. My mom explained that she was taking my sister home to spend some much needed time with her.
What? I couldn’t believe it. I had never once in my life been without my sister for 24 hours. Immediately, my demeanor changed. The adventure was no longer camping; it was now being without my twin. I didn’t know how to act. I didn’t say a word to anyone. I felt like everything was new, and I was seeing life through brand-new eyes. Even at such a young age, I felt unsure and insecure in this new setting without my twin.
Luckily, as Christians, we never have to be alone. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts and lives. The Holy Spirit stays with us every moment of every day. We must not take His presence for granted because He is the Spirit of God. He is all-knowing, all-peace, all-joy, all-love, all-confidence, all-power; and He has all the resources of God at His disposal.
We can go into every new adventure with bold confidence because we know that the Holy Spirit is with us! He will guide us, comfort us and protect our way along righteous paths (Psalm 23.2). The Holy Spirit is our eternal partner. God wanted to be with us so much that He sacrificed Himself in the form of Jesus in order to walk with us even in our sinful state. The Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives was bought at the cross!
So let’s begin to get to know this Holy Spirit inside of us. Let’s lean on His understanding. Let’s ask Him what He thinks about our situations. Let’s discover His will for our lives. Let’s get to know the exciting purposes He has planned for us before time began (Jeremiah 1.14). Let’s communicate with the Holy Spirit and grow so completely in love with His presence that we feel uncomfortable doing anything without His involvement!
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (John 16.12-15 ESV).