“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about” (John 16.16-18, ESV).
At this point many of us can empathize with the disciples. “In a little while?” What does Jesus mean by “In a little while?” We do not know what he is talking about!” You see it’s in these moments of doubt expressed - It’s in the moment when we stop pretending like we don’t have any questions, that the ministry of the Holy Spirit opens up to us, or rather, we are opened up to the Holy Spirit’s ministry. When we are honest about our doubts, our loneliness, our questions, our pain, a gap emerges that we had previously sealed over with denial and pretend certainty, and that space is filled with the life of God communicated by the Spirit of God who testifies to our Spirit’s that we are God’s children (Rom. 8.16).
With whatever situation is making you feel lonely, go into your prayer closet and open up that situation to your loving Father. The promise of the Holy Spirit is not that the Father will necessarily shelter you from that situation. Rather, the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father to be with you in that situation because he wants you to know you are not alone. Thanks be to God.
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