Have you ever met someone for the first time and had an instant connection with them? You feel completely comfortable, and can easily discuss things, even though you’ve known each other for less than a few minutes. It never ceases to amaze me how often this happens.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the DOLL Conference in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Fitzgerald is a small town in South Georgia. The church where the event was held reminded me a lot of my husband’s home church in Whiteville, North Carolina. The youth pastor arranged for us to have dinner Friday night with the conference planning team so we could get to know one another before the event Saturday morning. The team of ladies who were “running the show” as the youth pastor put it, were as familiar as my friends in Atlanta. We laughed until we had tears streaming down our faces as we joked and shared stories with one another. When I left Saturday evening, I felt like I was leaving some long time friends.
As I thought about the weekend this morning, I was reminded of a song I learned from Ben Hill Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia at another conference. I don’t know the title of the song, but the lyrics were easy, because they were the same line sung over and over as you made your way around the church greeting one another,
The Jesus in me, loves the Jesus in you, oh, the Jesus in me, loves the Jesus in you….”
It was so simple, but it explains how we can have an instant connection with a perfect stranger after only minutes of conversation.
Acts 1:8 says,
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
No matter where we go in the world, we are a witness to Christ and when we encounter others who are witnesses of His, the Holy Spirit inside of us recognizes Himself in others. There’s a Spirit connection so to speak.
Have you recognized the Spirit in those you’ve encountered lately? If so, share where you were and who you met.