Many years ago, a dear friend lost her young daughter in a terrible car accident. She also had her husband and three other children in the hospital. Although I was there in the aftermath to try to help any way I could, I couldn’t begin to imagine her grief. Her circumstances were beyond overwhelming.
As I prayed and asked God how He wanted to use me in this situation, he gave me a simple word picture. I knew I would share this with my friend but it didn’t seem like enough. I was obedient and shared with her this simple picture.
I said to her, “God knows you are overwhelmed. He wants you to picture yourself at a busy airport. You can see people frazzled and hurried, trying their best to get to their destination. You can also see people choose to get on the people movers, those moving walkways that take you where you need to go without you putting forth the effort. You must step on the moving floor and allow yourself to be taken along your way.”
I said that the Holy Spirit was like that walkway. God wanted her to picture herself stepping onto that walkway of the Holy Spirit and then allow Him to carry her through this most difficult season of her life.
At the time, I thought it was such a small thing. I just did what God said and trusted Him with the rest.
A few months ago, I had the privilege of spending time with my friend. We have lived many hours apart for a long time. As we talked, she mentioned that difficult time in her life and she remembered the story of the people movers. She also shared that God had allowed her to use that same word picture to comfort someone else who had suffered a loss.
Isn’t it amazing what something so simple can do? Perhaps you need reminding that the Holy Spirit is available and desires to carry you through whatever is hard in your life right now. Make the choice to hop on God’s people mover and let Him carry you too.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” – Isaiah 42:16 (ESV)