And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. – Romans 8:26-27
We had a workshop at the college for students interested in drama, dance, and the arts considering how to enact the scriptures as a tool to telling God’s story and helping performer and viewer to connect their story with God’s story. It was a wonderfully, cool workshop with lots of engagement from students. The workshop ended with students creating motion behind Psalm 23; the piece would be used that week in one of our college chapels. Very pleased with the creative work and rehearsal time put in by our students I wanted to be sure to get some pictures and video to record the final presentation. The picture linked here was a mistake; while testing for the proper exposure for picture in the darkened auditorium I accidently set the camera to a setting that in effect kept the lens open until I pressed the shutter release a second time. So in essence I have a 10 or 12 second time exposure as a picture.
Though not my intention, I later looked back on this picture with pleasure. I first thought of Psalm 23 that they embodied. “The valley of the shadow of death,” “evil,” and “presence of enemies” are disarming and often leave us confused, unsure, and fearful. In these time we need the restoration of “green pastures and still waters,” the guidance and comfort of God’s rod and staff, and the assurance of God’s “goodness and love all the days of our lives.” The photo speaks of the mystery of God’s workings in our lives. We do not always know how God brings the restoration, the comfort, and the assurance in the midst of everyday living. We do not always know how God moves us through one part or lesson in life and on to the next.
Romans 8:26-27 address this mysterious working of God and His Spirit in our lives. We cannot transform our own lives in our own strength; sometimes we do not even know how to pray or what to pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
With gratitude and thanks to our God, who has proven his great love and mercy to us in Jesus Christ, let us welcome the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as he prays on our behalf and teaches us not just how to pray but how to live lives in harmony with God’s will for our lives.