Spring is the time of renewal. Life returns to the land, the daffodils and the tulips emerge. The people celebrate. In the Middle East long ago, as it is now, Passover was one of the celebrations. That holiday brought a teacher to Jerusalem, and the Western world changed. The teacher was a threat to the local leaders, who were anxious to not stir the Roman occupiers up. The Romans wanted stability to release the Legions to continue conquest, and stability for the tax collectors.
They crucified the teacher. That did not end the movement Jesus started. The believers grew in numbers, and began to realize that the crucified one was more than a teacher. His ministry continued, and we celebrate Easter. At Pentecost, the cycle became complete.
Many centuries before, the Hebrews encountered the One God. This changed their world view, as they were surrounded by people who had gods for every occasion. The One God gave the Hebrews the Law. They had Torah, the written record of God choosing his people and instructing them on how to comport themselves.
The intervening centuries brought much conflict and turmoil, as human affairs do. The people mostly persevered with their God. There are written records of that journey with God, and they still instruct us. They fell away, they returned, they went into captivity, and they returned. Their prophets had the spirit, and many others probably did also, we just do not have the record.
Then, the most miraculous thing happened. God became man and walked among his people, calling everyone to be His people. He was killed for it, but his message rose with Him and became stronger. Then, at Pentecost, came the Holy Spirit. God no longer walked among us or sent His prophets, but we received a great gift. The Holy Spirit can dwell within us.
I am not one to live by faith alone. I have to have evidence. Science works for me, because it is evidence based. My faith works because the Holy Spirit came, and it was the most profound experience of my life. Now, the spirit blows where it will, and it does not often blow toward me. That is all right, because I always have the spirit when I need it. The spirit comes when I need it, not when I want it. At first I had trouble with that, because I wanted to be plugged in all the time.
There is a problem with being in the Spirit all the time. There is no time for anything else, and the need to keep the body going intrudes. I thought about being a monk, but I find that I belong in the world. So, I have my spiritual times, and long periods when all I do is pray every day. I feel myself being moved into a spiritual time. I don’t know where it will lead me, but I am ready.
Remember those words, “Seek, and you will find.”