Lately, I’ve had a lot of questions rolling around in my mind and heart. Honestly, the closer I draw to God, it seems like I have more questions than answers. But then again, I also have more peace than stress. Paradoxical? Yes. Worth it? Definitely.
The last couple of questions that have stood out to me are the result of songs that have weighed upon my heart.
“Holy Spirit, You are welcome here.” What does that mean? I mean, what does it look like in my life to make the Holy Spirit welcome in it? He’s showed up plenty of times unexpected, sometimes even uninvited, and done amazing things, for sure. But what does it look like for me to prepare a place for Him, to get things ready for His arrival?
And why am I inviting Him? Do I expect Him to come with gifts like a good little house guest? Am I throwing Him a party in His honor? Do I want to give Him a restful respite from a long journey? Am I inviting Him as a mentor, yearning to absorb whatever He is willing to teach me? Am I inviting Him over so I can introduce Him to my friends? What’s my motivation? What am I going to do with Him when He gets here? Do I even have a proposed itinerary? Isn’t He already dwelling in me? What kind of difference do I expect from His abiding presence and His manifested presence?
I find myself asking these questions as I listen to this song. It’s one thing to stand with the crowd and sing the song. It’s a great song, and I believe that even when you don’t fully understand or believe the words to a worship song, it’s good to sing them anyway. One day, they will come back ringing in your ears and hit you like a ton of bricks as they connect the dots between your heart and mind.
But what about stepping back and asking yourself, “Why am I singing this? What do I expect to happen if the Spirit actually does flood this place and fill the atmosphere?”
What am I prepared to sacrifice in order to prepare a hospitable environment for Him?