The Flame of a Candle
I was sitting by my fireplace with a lighted candle on the mantle. It was in a beautiful ornate holder, that allowed the candle light to shine through. I absently watched as I sat there, peaceful and quiet in my spirit. I began to notice the flickering
and dancing motions the flame was doing. It was gentle and slow, full of rythum and grace, weaving beautifully from side to side and up and down, but it remained in its boundaries, fulfilling what it was designed to do. I was captivated by it and began to think. What was causing the motion of the flame? Why did it not just burn straight up? I didn't notice any wind or breeze around me, it felt warm and cozy. Comfortable.
I began to think of how the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, the wind of Heaven blows.
The Word of God tells us that it moves quietly, unperceptively, unless we are attentively looking and watching for it. Like a gentle breeze that simply runs its fingers over the tops of a filed of flowers or long blades of grass. Who can tell where it came from or where it went?
So my mind and my spirit sit quietly to think on these things. This is how the Holy Spirit moves in the Believer in Christ, like this slight breeze that has the power to make flowers bob and weave in and out, the fire of a candle to gently dance in its boundaries. The Holy Spirit comes gently and with permission. His assignment is to teach and guide us in the Spirit of Truth and to empower us to overcome all the slings and darts of the devil. He will give us knowledge beyond ourselves as we call out to him, and He will give us wisdom and understanding to do the right thing. Quietly and gently, from our of nowhere to our heart and spirit. How can we possible live without Him? He is the Heavenly flame within our being.