There’s a man who walks around the church neighbourhood with his new Boxer puppy. This gentleman is older, and almost daily I see him brave the cold temperatures and the icy sidewalks to give this energetic little pup the exercise he needs. I admire this determination and dedication alone - but the thing that has struck me about this man is that he walks with the leash in one hand, and pulling an oxygen tank in the other. Clearly, he has some sort of medical need that means he needs to be on oxygen.
During our Spirit. Powered. Church. Acts series - we’ve been learning and thinking about what it is to be Spirit-born, and Spirit-led. I will confess that this is “new-er” for me as a believer. I’ve always loved God and have seen his leading, direction and provision in my life – he has been faithful to me beyond what I can express. But lately, I’ve felt a desire to see Him more day-to-day and in real-time. I find it easy to look back over my life and see his faithfulness, but much more difficult to sense where he is moment by moment.
Just this week, God has used this man and his Oxygen tank to remind me what Spirit-led life looks like. I listen to a Christian radio station in my car, and there’s a song that plays often right now called “Oxygen” by Lincoln Brewster. Part of it goes like this:
“You are life, every breath
You're the heart beating in my chest
I breathe out and breathe You in
I need You more than oxygen
Each step, I find that You are
Speaking Your will to my heart
Your love leading me all of the way
You speak, I am an echo
Your voice, I choose to follow
Your love leading me all the way”
This is how we’re called to live our life in The Spirit. Just like this man wheels his oxygen tank along with him wherever he goes; we take the Spirit with us wherever we go - asking him to make us aware, to open our eyes, to direct our steps, to be our breath, to speak, to show us how to follow. Our job is to manifest God’s presence into our world – to open our eyes, to pay attention.
Part of “paying attention” is acknowledging and calling it out when God does something – even just gently teaching us a lesson such as this. I do not believe it is a “coincidence” or random happening that I pass & notice this man daily, and that I hear this song on the radio daily – I believe it is God revealing himself as I’ve been asking.
I’m learning, we’re all learning, and I pray that this brings joy to God’s heart; and that he would respond to this desire by making his presence known to me - and to us.