I gave my artist 500 points for this picture. I wish all grandparents could sit with their grandchildren telling them stories of the past, the children relaxed and enjoying every word.
Eleazar is telling about when he was a kid and Moses sent spies to explore the land of Canaan. Only two gave a good report, one of them Caleb (pictured here). He’s one of my favorite Bible heroes. At age 85 he felt just as strong as when he was 40! That’s the vitality I want to have!
Because of the unbelief of the people and the negativity of ten of the twelve spies, the people of Israel had to wander 40 years in the desert. Read about the spies in Numbers 13&14.
But this wasn’t what I was going to write about. I just had to brag a little on Absalom and the awesome pictures he makes for my Bible-story ministry. He is an awesome helper. So is Cristina. Here is a picture from her vacation in Mexico. She is an awesome helper.
When Jesus said to his disciples that he was going to send another Helper (Counselor), I’m sure he wasn’t thinking of the twenty-first century, computers and programs like Photoshop and inDesign. But that’s the help I needed.
I’ve been desperate for help this week. I pleaded with the Holy Spirit to enlighten me, to “unfreeze” my brain, because that is exactly what I felt had happened. I needed to work on a project that has an urgent deadline. I’ve done the kind of job required before (I have files on my computer to prove it!), but my brain was frozen! Try as hard as possible I could not remember how to do it!
I called around for help, but people are busy, they have their own projects. Some call what happened to me to draw a blank… yes, that was me! My beautiful helper Cristina was not available until yesterday, so that was a draw-back.
When she was back, we prayed! We asked the Holy Spirit to be our Helper. I told him I was happy to do this project, which I have been translating all winter, a book on Spiritual Gifts. Now, that should have high priority for the Holy Spirit, don’t you think? I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I have the highest regard for the Holy Spirit of God.
I told Cristina to get online (she loves YouTube tutorials) and find out everything about document design for books, giving her the specific steps I needed help with.
As the title for my blog says, the Holy Spirit is the most awesome Helper. I sat down by the computer, opened up a file… the ice melted! Or whatever happened! Suddenly I KNEW how to do the job! I kept at it for 11 hours with just a short lunch break. (Can you tell I was excited!) I showed Cristina one step, today she’ll learn another step so she can help me move forward.
In the midst of this, some friends in Sweden felt they wanted to encourage me. Talk about encouragement at the right time! A gift for the ministry was deposited in the bank! Or was it meant for me personally? I put everything in one pot, to keep my ministry going! That gift was for that “pot.”
Now, if I’m gong to meet the deadline, no more talking (writing). I could not pass up this opportunity to express my thankfulness to the Holy Spirit by testifying of his help.
Are you in a bind? What has you worried? Have you had a brain freeze? Whatever it is, go to the Lord in prayer. Talk to the Holy Spirit as a Friend. Tell him all about your troubles. He is the one who comes alongside us. He is the most awesome Helper! Read John 14&16.
Got to go! My Spiritual Gifts project is waiting!