While indulging in my favorite endeavor, reading, (especially the Word of God) I received an insight. it came like a dream story: There once lived a boy who was given a precious crystal ball more beautiful than anything he had ever seen; it glowed with refracted lights in bright rainbow colors. It came with instructions to take precious care of it and it would bring joy forever. He carried the ball everywhere, until one day the boy became fascinated by a new electronic game he got for his birthday; and he set the ball on a shelf and went off with his new toy. The lovely crystal ball became dusty and gradually its lights dimmed. As the boy grew he acquired more electronic toys and they captured his eyes so that he no longer saw inner beauty in others, and the games imprisoned his heart so that his mind became addicted to them and they became his desire. His life walk was beside other boys, his ‘friends’ who also were addicted. He sat around playing games allowing the games to feel real; and the games captured his imagination. The boy’s parents found the crystal ball sitting in his room and remembered how their child loved it and how happy he always was when he carried it with him. Then they truly saw how the electronics had imprisoned their son’s mind; he was not the same boy. Mom took the crystal ball off the shelf, polished it up until the rainbow lights began to shine not only in the ball but in her heart as well. She showed it to her husband who also grew to love it as his heart responded to the light within. Now they realized the need to speak to their son, but they knew only a greater power than the world knows could rescue him from the enemy's den. The powerful inner light of God, (Who is the Holy Spirit), was now living within the parents, and they began to pray for their son and for a way to deliver him. Only God can change a heart, and as He heard the inner pleading of the Mom and Dad, He began to soften the boy’s heart, so when the boy saw the crystal ball shining in beauty, his early memories of love began to flood his mind, until he desired to have the ball again. The video games and electronics faded away into the past.
The dream of the crystal ball was of course a metaphor for the Holy Spirit Who is God’s gift to us. Holy Spirit indwells us:
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper
(Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby),
to be with you forever—
17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive
[and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him,
but you know Him because He
(the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
We have the Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, indwelling us~ we have God Himself living in us. God Himself with His power, His love, His wisdom, to help us live as the complete person we were created to be. He helps us accomplish the purpose for which we were created. He guides our journey through life keeping us safe and holding us firmly in His love. What an amazing gift!! Are you experiencing the inner joy of Holy Spirit making His home in You?