My husband had just gone out for coffee with a friend and I had the house to myself.
It is a rare treat these days with both of us retired and home together. So when he closed the door behind him, a peaceful silence wrapped itself around me like a warm blanket.
I had the next two hours to myself. So, what did I decide to do? Vacuum of course!
But the Holy Spirit had other ideas.
As I leaned over to pick up the hose, I felt a nudge. It was like a slight wind on my back. Initially, I thought it was the silence and peace settling on me.
Then, I felt a breath blowing over me.
And immediately, there was a stirring in my spirit and what seemed like a flame igniting inside me as the Holy Spirit engulfed me. I lifted myself up, raised my hands and began to dance and worship God and speak in tongues all at the same time.
There was no music playing and the house was quiet, but I spontaneously danced and worshiped because of a flame that was lit inside me.
In this moment doubt and fear were washed away by waves of hope and everything that seemed impossible was now possible. I was inspired and an excitement and expectation welled up inside of me.
This breath was God blowing His Spirit on my back, pushing me forward and breathing life over my thoughts. And though this happened several days ago, I am still feeling God’s presence inside me today:
“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)
It has been years since something like this happened to me in my home. The last time, I remember these type of things taking place was during the Toronto Blessing that broke out in our church during the mid nineties. The Holy Spirit would fall on me at home and I would collapse to the floor as the Holy Spirit prayed through me.
So what does this mean? Is the Holy Spirit stirring and preparing to fall upon the church again?
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. (Acts 3:19-20 NIV)