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Discernment Through The Spirit

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

            1 Corinthians 2:14


When I was a senior in high school, my parents took my older sister and I on a last ‘family of four’ vacation. She had recently become engaged and my father, through his work, had earned a vacation to Maui. Our Christmas present that year was two additional plane tickets so my sister and I could join them. It was a phenomenal trip. I had never had the opportunity to travel anywhere as beautiful as that and was awestruck from simply looking out the window. But one particular morning about halfway through our trip, my parents woke us up early so we could travel to the top of Mt. Haleakala. And when I say early, I mean crazy early – well before sunrise. My sister and I thought our parents had lost their minds and when we asked them what in the world they were thinking, they told us they wanted us to see the sunrise. She and I looked at each other, rolled our eyes, and in the most adolescent way possible, duly informed them we could see it from the hotel room. They just smiled, piled us in the rent car, and told us – not like this.

Unbelievably, they were right. I will never see another sunrise like that one. When you are standing on the top of this dormant volcano, with the cloud line below you, watching the sunrise, there are no words to describe the stunning picture being painted. It truly is one of those moments where you stand back and realize the awesomeness of God’s handiwork.

Miracles surround us. They happen in small moments, often routine in nature like the sunrise, the cry of a baby, or the beauty of a rainbow. Science can explain away many events as they occur, but it is only with the guidance of the Holy Spirit we understand the occasion as more than science. With the Spirit, we know the power of God and we are able to stand back and praise His name.

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