But the Holy Spirit gives life and peace

Romans 8:1-6 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. … Those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

I wish I had thought to snap a photo of Talita standing on a step stool by the sink, swathed in a soaked purple apron, batting her lashes at me and imploring, “More bubbles?”

Shutterstock: Pashin Georgiy

I also wish I had a picture of Liliana, the last time I took her for a walk in Frick Park. The day was hot, and Lili walked straight into the creek and sat down, grinning up at me as she splashed.

Talita was not in the least concerned about the water she dumped on the floor as she “helped” me wash pots and pans. Liliana gave not one thought to her soaked clothes and the question of how wet the car seat would get on our way home.

Another soaked pants Liliana moment, this time with her dad.

This morning, Dave and I talked about burdens we each carry, that seem too heavy for us. As we prayed, the Holy Spirit brought to mind Karis, flashing her famous smile despite the pain, or blood, or whatever, rubbing her tented fingers together and saying, “I wonder what God has planned for me at the hospital this time!”

In her journals, Karis referenced such times as being “in cahoots” with God. She believed God had a good purpose in everything, even—or maybe especially—the hard times, and she was excited about sharing the experience with him, curious about what he would do. Typically, once well enough to get out of bed, she would be down the hall discovering who else was on the transplant unit with her.

Dave and I can no more solve our problems than Talita would be able to leave that sinkful of dirty pots and pans clean, or Lili can change and launder her own clothes. But in cahoots with God … Ah, that’s an entirely different story! We can giggle and splash, while he does the heavy lifting and handles all the worry.

Hmm, it occurs to me that Jesus used the image of water to describe the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39).

More bubbles, please?

4 thoughts on “But the Holy Spirit gives life and peace

  1. What a wonderful insight/application, Debbie connecting the antics of your granddaughters with the precious statement of Karis “in cahoots with God.” That truly gave me my merry heart moment for today! Many thanks!!

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  2. I love being able to see the remarkable way that God pokes his head right into my mind and heart in unmistakable ways so subtle and so present if I am willing to be present as well. I must remember to keep my thoughts and my attention to right what is in front of me so I don’t miss those golden moments of sweet messages like sandy pants, or “butterfly kisses” from precious children – here and gone in a moment but the memory of God’s presence lasts forever. Thank you, Deb, for your sweet story of how you saw something so innocent and passing but saw God’s light in it and shared that experience with others.

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