Updated: Dec 31, 2019
If you’ve never tried the YouVersion Bible app Bible in a Year reading plan, you really should. Don’t get overwhelmed if (WHEN) you get behind. If you love to see things checked off a list, like I do, well, there are boxes to check off in the plan but, if you’re also like me, well #life. I’m currently ”13 Days Missed”. I have found though that God is incredibly adept at making sure you don’t miss what He has for you exactly when you need it. I can miss several days and then on that day I pick it up again whatever that day’s reading holds will speak directly to the situation I’m facing. It’s uncanny and leaves you unable to make any sensible explanation except God. All of that really has nothing to do with the title of this posts. I just wanted to set up what’s been going on and what my reading plan is so you could look in to trying it as well. What happened that is speaking to me today is that I reread a chapter from yesterday. I don’t know why, it’s just what popped up when I opened the plan so I went with it. It’s cool because it gave me a chance to really dwell on a thought I had yesterday while reading that same chapter. It’s Acts chapter 1. Jesus has been crucified and raised. He has visited the apostles and given them instructions to go to the upper room and wait for the Holy Spirit and has ascended to Heaven. Acts 1:14 “They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”. How I have missed this I cannot tell you! Why I thought it was a bunch of old men and only the men I cannot tell you! Mary the MOTHER OF JESUS, who has just seen before her very eyes the horrific torture and death of her Son, is told her Son is not in the tomb, watch Him literally appear in the midst of them all out of no where, RISE UP IN THE SKY FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES...Mary the MOTHER OF JESUS is in the UPPER ROOM where the incredible, which has never happened, is about to burst onto the scene in tongues of fire! Mary is in the room and among those who are filled with the rushing, mighty, outpouring of the Holy Spirit! “Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:4 CSB. I can’t even contain the emotion! The Mother of Jesus experiences the Holy Spirit AGAIN and in an incredible way! The Holy Spirit came upon her and she conceived Jesus and now after all these years and especially the last few days seeing all she’s seen, experiencing all her heart had experienced, she is filled with the Holy Spirit and speaks another language preaching the Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, her Son. What’s more the God of the universe prophesied it through the prophet Joel hundreds of years before and Peter quotes it to those who are hearing the Gospel in their own languages “I will even pour out my Spirit on my servants in those days, both men and women and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:18 CSB. If that doesn’t just blow your mind I don’t know what will. God saw that little Virgin girl, knew all that He would do through her, knew the pain and agony she would face watching her Son go through everything BUT God also saw this moment and proclaimed it’s coming. I just LOVE HIM SO MUCH! Mommas, don’t you ever think that God doesn’t see you. Don’t you ever think that He doesn’t have a plan for you. Don’t you ever think your years have been wasted. Don’t you ever think it’s too late or you’ve gone through and been through too much to have an UPPER ROOM experience and share the Gospel in ways you never even dreamed of. Don’t you dare because the God of the Universe is El Roi, the God Who Sees Me!