It’s been a while since I’ve been intoxicated, but oh what a weekend I just had!
In recent weeks, I’d let myself get swept up in the cycle of commitments and responsibilities and had forgotten to take the time to slow down and soak in the enjoyment life!
When I am under the influence, I tend to get a bit emotional. For the sanity of all who come in contact with me, I should wear a warning sign around my neck that reads:
“It’s not you. It’s me. I’m intoxicated right now.”
I don’t know how well that would be received, so perhaps, I should consider other ways of explaining my behavior.
I could give them a friendly hug and whisper into their ear, “I feel like I’m floating right now.”
Maybe I could simply take them by the hands, stand back, gaze into their eyes and say, “Looking at you … and realizing how much you mean to me … I can’t help but cry.”
I know! I’ll greet them with an embrace and then, once the hug concludes, I’ll squeal, “My body feels all tingly!”
Or, maybe I should quote the 18-year-old who spoke at church yesterday. He was visiting from a group called Teen Challenge and he said that he was “under the influence of the Holy Spirit.”
I was consumed by it all weekend long. The presence of the Holy Spirit!
As the guest speakers from Teen Challenge shared their testimony, it became clear to me that the phenomenal “high” we feel when we are consumed with the Holy Ghost is evidence of God’s unmeasured love for us.
It’s so natural.
And completely indescribable.
It’s truly intoxicating.
It’s easy to get so overburdened with the tasks of our daily lives that we don’t take the time … or make the effort … to let the Holy Spirit penetrate our souls.
It’s really a shame, if you think about it.
In the amount of time it takes to drink a couple of beers or smoke a joint, we could spend in conversation with the Lord, inviting His spirit into our hearts and breathing Him in.
We could fall under the influence of His presence and, not only will our outlook on life change, but we won’t suffer any miserable side effects or hangovers (unless you count a craving for more, a side effect)!
Which Leads Me to Wonder …
What causes some people to have a passion … a craving … for the Holy Spirit, while others rarely consider the notion?
I was attending School of Ministry on Saturday and the pastor asked a similar question.
We all agreed that, when we first encounter God’s divine presence, we hunger for more. But, what creates that initial desire to search for it?
I’m sure it’s different for everybody.
Maybe Susie grew up in a faith-based family.
Or Bobby hit rock bottom and had nowhere else to turn.
Maybe Joe was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
When and how that desire develops is between God and each of His creations, but I’m amazed at His ability to meet us exactly where we are when we finally decide we’re genuinely and sincerely interested in encountering Him.
If you’ve never been under the influence of the Holy Spirit, let me tell you, you’re missing out on the best high of your life!
Intoxicated by the Presence of God
I was inspired, listening to the testimonies of men and women, from teens to middle-aged adult, sharing about how the Word of God has become their new addiction, their strength, their “drug of choice”.
Anybody who has struggled with addiction, as I’ve seen in some of my children, knows that it’s a powerful demon. But, it can be defeated through the divine love and strength of an even more powerful God!
When I think of it, I’m convinced that we’re all under the influence of something on a regular basis. Whether it’s our boss, money, alcohol, food, shopping, our friends, you name it.
Why not make God our number one intoxicant? Why not experience the authority, strength, and peace that we can receive when we walk through each day, intoxicated by the presence of the Living God?