As my sleepy feet move across the blacktop, I see the hill. When you live about seventy feet above sea level, what lays before you seems more than just an incline.
Most days the hill leaves me breathless and not in a good way. It challenges me in a way that reminds me of my inadequacies. If hills could talk, I’m sure it has been conversing with the breeze and asking it to be quiet, “Give her a moment of silence. I want the only breath she hears to be her own. It helps her remember that taking a hill is hard and hot and to hold a hill, she must have persistence”
I never face the hill first. Preparation of my sleepy feet and cobwebbed mind always seems the best route. I greet God and the neighbors and begin to feel energized. Today, as I turn to face my foe, my hair begins to ruffle and my damp skin begins to feel cooler. Like a great coach, the breeze whispers, yes you can. Together it will be less difficult.
I begin to sing, “Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere.”1 Today’s breeze reminds me of the Holy Spirit (One of the ways the Bible describes the Holy Spirit is wind.2 ) God says, ” ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”3
You got a hill before you? My hill today was small compared to many hills. Yet, it was still my hill and it loomed ahead. There have been times I have felt as if I were scaling the Rockies. The problem so big, the situation so perilous, I didn’t know if I would make it. When I did, I looked around and there were peaks higher than mine and others who were so very brave, struggling to the top for rest.
To take our hill, we must surrender our climb to Holy Spirit power.
Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing today. I did as I walked. We need what only the Holy Spirit can give us – Dunamis power4. The power to overcome.- to take our hill. Let’s drive in our pickax and settle our feet carefully into each crevice. We can make it to the top. Grab hold of the rope and hold on tight. God’s pulling us toward Him.
1Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Holy Spirit
4 Dunamis -strength power, ability inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth power for performing miracles moral power and excellence of soul the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth power and resources arising from numbers power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts