I am a big football fan, and by football I mean soccer. I love the game as a sport, but even more-so I love the culture that is connected to the game. No other sport carries with it the same magnitude of cultural impact as soccer does across the globe. One of the teams I support is the Celtic Football Club in Scotland. In fact, I once visited Celtic Park while in Glasgow and begged my way in to the park and onto the field. I was then lucky enough to be toured around the dugout and into the team’s board room. Throughout the tour I was captured by the way they showed the richness of their history. In fact, the fan base has a particular song they chant to reaffirm the players during the match. It is called, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,”
When you walk through a storm, Hold your head up high, And don’t be afraid of the dark, At the end of a storm, there’s a golden sky, And the sweet silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Though your dreams be tossed and blown… Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never walk alone… Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never walk alone…
I believe that this earthly example can serve to help us in connecting the understanding of God’s character and the work of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 28:20, the last verse in the book of Matthew, Jesus states,
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
I have personally always found reassurance knowing that God that is with us each and every moment. When Jesus was asked about His leaving the earth in a human form He explained that He would ask the Father to send a comforter to be with us. This invisible comforter, the Holy Spirit, means we never walk alone. The pain we feel and the hurts we carry are not solely ours, but the Bible teaches us that the work of the Spirit is present in each moment. How do we engage with this in our daily lives? Have you developed rhythms in your life that is designed to focus on the daily work of the Holy Spirit? How does this help us engage people in a deeper understanding of God’s loving character? My wife Karin and I have developed patterns, or spiritual rhythms, that we go by on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis which are designed to focus on God’s work in our lives and how we can respond to His loving character. Gary Thomas, in his work Sacred Pathways, lists nine ways we encounter God. Personally, I am a Caregiver and an Activist, which means I encounter God while loving other people and through confrontation (you can take the test yourself here). I must keep that in mind and stay attune to how the Spirit may be working if I am to partner with God in His work here on earth. I encourage you to both find the way in which you encounter God and then to find a spiritual rhythm which can help you consider how you are partnering with the Holy Spirit on your walk each and every day – because in the end, we are sure that He is with us always and we need only be aware if we are to work alongside God Himself.