Spotting Breadcrumbs


It fascinates me how the creative process works. It’s like I’m walking down a path and my eyes catch sight of a single breadcrumb. I follow it to see where it leads. Then, because I keep walking, I spot another one on the path and then another one.

This morning I’m on Day 23 of the Hillsong 40 Days Revival devotional.  Our key verses for the day were found in 1 Thessalonians 5:

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (16-18)

In the commentary about the verses, I was reminded that “the Spirit-led life shapes us into someone who is genuinely grateful and doesn’t take life for granted”

This brought to mind some words I once wrote about my friend, Spirit. I went back to read that post again. I originally wrote it two years ago this month.

sometimes i forget

i want to introduce you
to my friend, Spirit

you might know him too

he’s been my friend
for years and years

he’s with me
wherever I go
the valleys
the mountains
everywhere in between

but sometimes
i forget

i ignore him

i don’t confide in him

i forget
his wisdom
his sound advice
his perfect solutions

i feel like an outcast
i run around the playground

i forget

i forget
to look

i forget
my need

i forget
HIS love

i cry out

he reminds me

my friend
my constant

“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!
(John 14:17 Message)

I love the reminder that wherever we are, Spirit makes his home inside of us. All we are required to do is open the door and invite him in. Then, (and this is a big then) we must decide to not lock him away in a closest when life gets hard or when we get scared.

As someone who is in between homes right now, it’s comforting to know Spirit is with me.  This morning it reminded me of the following lyrics from a song by Jason Mraz.

Every road is a slippery slope
There is always a hand that you can hold on to.
Looking deeper through the telescope
You can see that your home’s inside of you.
Just know, that wherever you go, no you’re never alone, you will always get back home

2 thoughts on “Spotting Breadcrumbs

  1. Tammy Helfrich

    Love this post! I am often guilty of forgetting about him too. I am really trying to be present and treasure each moment, and allow him to guide every step. Great reminder.


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