Reading: Acts 2: 1-21
God is a planner and schemer extraordinare. The coming of the Holy Spirit came at a time and place that He chose. A day or two earlier or later and the impact would have been vastly different. And just like the doctor that can understand all the medical and physical events with his patient except for how the cancer is suddenly gone, we too must simply smile and chalk one up for God.
Thousands of years prior God had promised Abraham that His descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Then hundreds of years later, once God’s people were settled into the Promised Land, He began Shavuot, a festival that would draw all faithful Jews from all over the known world to Jerusalem. When God put these two events into motion, I believe He had already planned the day of Pentecost.
God clearly had a plan. As those first disciples gathered and the Holy Spirit descended upon them, God also produced a wind loud enough to draw a large crowd. Only by God’s divine hand would that crowd be a group of devout Jews from all over the world. The Holy Spirit that had descended caused the disciples to speak the Word of God in each person’s native tongue. Imagine the impact this had as each foreigner first picked up their language being spoken and then tuned in to hear the Word proclaimed! Each one would have two amazing stories to tell: one of these simple Galileans speaking a language they did not know and, two, the story of the powerful Gospel. 3,000 believed and were baptized that day after Peter stood and preached the Gospel. 3,000 were ready to go back home, to carry the story of Jesus to the ends of the earth. What a plan!
God has a plan for each of us as well. May our eyes be open and our hearts willing to speak the words that one who crosses our path needs to hear today. May we be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and may we faithfully speak the Words of Life that the Spirit brings to our lips!