My friend decided to go to church regularly, after a long, long dry spell of not attending.
I didn’t know she’d made this decision when I invited her to go to church with me.
No wonder she answered my invitation with an emphatic, “Yes!”
Several weeks later, she said, “Don’t talk to anybody what I’m going to tell you.” Then she set the scene for me. “It was Tuesday night, about 3:00 in the morning. I couldn’t sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well lately. And I was lying in bed and praying. Just praying and praying.”
I wasn’t surprised that she couldn’t sleep nor that she’d been winging out some heavy-duty prayers. It’d only been a few months since cancer had claimed her spouse. He went quickly.
And honestly, what she told me next didn’t surprise me either. A couple of years ago it would have, though. I would have written her off as a kook.
“I was praying,” she continued, “when all of a sudden my bed jolted. I mean it JOLTED!”
“That never happened before,” I said, underlining how singular an event this was.
“Were you scared?” I asked, knowing that her answer would be…
“You got a download.”
She nodded and requested again that I not tell anyone. She was concerned how people – Christians and non-Christians – would react to her.
When the Holy Spirit entered me, I wasn’t physically jolted. In my case, my heart and mindset were silently re-tooled. An inside job. Yet I knew what my friend had experienced and so did she. She’d received the Holy Spirit download – the most important, most powerful, life-changing, grace-powered download that exists.
Many months later, I came upon this verse.
Acts 4: 31 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” New International Version (©2011)