Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee... How great thou art, how great thou art.
As a young girl I remember snuggling up in the bed with my grandma and listening to her sing this song. It's wild the memories that your mind chooses to remember some that bring comfort, peace, and joy then those that bring pain, insecurity, and confusion. One word, one smell, one tune, one situation, can thrust your brain back to a specific moment in time from long ago.
This morning as I was reading John my playlist played quietly in the back ground and soon I found myself singing in worship alongside Carrie Underwood belting out, "How Great Thou Art" to my Beautiful Savior. I instantly was brought back to that moment in time with my grandma probably 20 years ago.
I'll let you in on a little secret if you don't know me too well. I am actually (not overtly) a very sentimental person. I love reflecting on fond memories, reading old cards and letters, browsing through pictures that stir my heart, heartfelt meaningful gifts, and the like, so as my brain jumped back twenty years in time to a precious moment with my grandma tears began to flow.
I cried and thanked God for the many many positive, loving, precious moments I've made with friends, family, and community. I then began praying for the kids I work with daily, that rather than having these special memories of love, tender care, hugs, kisses, and snuggles, they have memories of pain, struggle, and hurt. Oh how I enjoy getting to hug them, love them, take them to dinner, kiss them on their foreheads and tell them they are special and loved, and how I wish I could wipe every bad memory from their minds.
Then as my loving Father often does He whispered a very simple, simple phrase.
"How Great I Am and I Am in you"
"And I will as the Father and He will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of truth, who will be to you a friend just like Me and He will never leave you. This world won't receive Him because they can't see Him or know Him. But you will know Him intimately, because He will make His home in you and will live inside you" (John 14:16-17 TPT)
My precious Holy Spirit, a friend to me just as Jesus, never leaving, but rather getting to know Him intimately, because He dwells in me. I did an extensive study of our Holy Spirit over two years ago and came to the realization of how much I need Him and all believers need Him, but it's times like these that remind me that my mind can't begin to grasp how desperately I need Him in every moment for myself and for others.
Holy Spirit is the LIVING GOD dwelling inside my mortal body. He comes and takes residence inside of us being an ever present help in times of trouble, in times of confusion, in times of pain, He has an answer to every question, guidance for every decision, love for all brokeness, healing for all hurt, peace for all disturbances, relief for all tension, He is available ALWAYS and He is the All in All.
When we partner with Him not only will we receive freedom, healing, mercy, victory, direction, vision, dreams, abundant life, etc for ourselves, we will begin to see how to help others receive the same. I need Him when negative memories flood my mind, I need Him when hurt begins to rise up in the pit of my stomach, I need Him when insecurity and lies from the enemy attempt to take hold of my emotions, I need Him when it feels as though my enemy is encamped around me, I need Him when stress and tension begin to affect me, and I need Him to help others when they're experiencing the same. I can't "fix" my kids, my friends, my family, or even myself, but the One who can dwells in me.
The Great I Am dwells in us and He doesn't become less God because He dwells in a mortal body. In fact He equips us to become more Christ like, living as He lived, loving as He loves, moving as He moved.