“You’re going to have doubts. You’re going to have questions.”
Those are some thoughts I shared with my 11-year-old son this afternoon. I love my son’s child-like faith. It reminds me of the passages in Scripture where Jesus says in Matthew 18:3 “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Yet, as much as I want my son to hold tightly to this child-like faith, I also want him to know it’s okay to have doubts and questions...it’s okay.
Because, one day, everything he believes will be put to the test. And when his faith is shaken…I want my son to know that sometimes it’s in the wrestling, the doubting, and the questioning when we come face to face with a God who is bigger than our wildest dreams!
But the key to finding this big God? Always stay willing to show up for the wrestling match.
I went on to share with my son how the longer I walk this faith journey, the more I’ve come to understand that the help of the Holy Spirit is crucial. I told my son that when I was his age I didn’t know this. The Holy Spirit were just words when I was a little girl. I wish I had understood (a tad better) how important this aspect of the Trinity was when I was his age.
The Holy Spirit is the key ingredient for understanding everything else about Christ. Jesus told his disciples that He had to go away so the Counselor, the Spirit of Truth, could come and be with us forever.
And the Counselor doesn’t show up empty-handed. When we open the door and invite him in…he brings an arm load of life with him. He equips us with all the tools we are going to need to live the life Christ promises us when he said, “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” John 10:10
He brings peace when everything around us shouts and points to chaos and worry.
He supplies joy when all we see are endless valleys.
He brings wisdom and knowledge when our finite understanding has been exhausted.
When darkness closes in, he points our eyes to the Light and our hearts to the Hope.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you…I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:15-18,25-26