“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:16-17 KJV)
Sometimes, I get a little frustrated at my doctors’ appointments. When I’m in a lot of pain, I have trouble expressing how I feel in a concise manner. I leave without having all of my concerns addressed or without asking questions I wanted to ask about a new treatment or medicine.
I’m so thankful when my husband, Norman, is able to take time off work and go with me. It’s nice to leave my cane in the car, because I can lean on him for support. He carries my book, gets the elevator, and opens doors for me. Little things, but it is really nice not to have to maneuver everything all alone.
In the examination room he sits quietly in the corner, usually paging through his magazine. We don’t talk much, but his presence soothes me and helps me contain my anxiety.
I remember a particular appointment when his presence helped tremendously. As the doctor started going through her check list, she talked to me about additional tests. She also suggested two treatment options I felt uncomfortable with. Norman never interrupted the conversation, but his steady gaze and presence helped me find the courage to say no and to ask for what I felt that I needed most.
The Holy Spirit does this and so much more for us! His presence, guidance, discernment, and power are always with us. He helps us to obey God, to know God’s truth, and to live in a manner that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. It is His presence within us that allows others to witness God’s glory at work in our lives.
I like the names listed for the Holy Spirit in the Amplified Bible’s version for this verse (John 14:16-17 AMP): “Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby.” When I meditate on these names and attributes of the Holy Spirit, I come away knowing how much the Lord loves me and seeks to help me every day.
Prayer: Father, whenever we face a challenge, help us to remember the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit that’s available to help us.