I have trouble waiting in line at the store. Whatever store I am in. I strike up conversations with people to keep me from thinking about how nothing is happening. Occasionally I remember to pray for something. When waiting for God's providence, it is more about patience, prayer, reading the word, meditation on the truth and doing whatever good is in front of me. Of course there are times I just get irritated at the wait. I am human.
I can hardly imagine what it was like to wait in the upper room for pentecost. All those people in one room. May have smelled pretty ripe. I don't know how often they got to bathe. How did they do meals and drink? How about going to a toilet? Were they afraid they would miss something it they left for such reasons? When you read scripture do you ever think of the practical side life? I have recently been inundated with these thoughts.
I have to believe they prayed for a while ,then worshipped together. They were there 120 days. 120 days is a long time to be in one place waiting for what ? They had no idea what they were even waiting for, just something.
I would think they talked about all the events that they witnessed from the time Jesus appeared on the scene of their lives. They dropped everything to follow Him. He lived a miraculous life. Died a brutal horrible death then resurrected back to life. Then they witnessed His ascending into the clouds and being told to go wait in the upper room for the comforter. Who was that? How does He fill a person with power?
What a marvelous experience to have the Holy Spirit set you on fire from the inside. A Spirit that awakens the power of God inside you.
Often when Holy Spirit makes a special visitation upon me I feel like I was just hit with high voltage electricity. If you have ever touched a live electric wire or got shocked you understand how difficult it is to control your reactions. Afterwords you still feel the excitement of the adrenaline rush for sometime.
I keep trying to imagine the power to hit that room. Think about all those people were speaking in languages and seeing a fiery tongue over each head. Then thousands of people turned to want to know God. WOW!
Can't wait to see what the new thing is He has said He will do. My excitement is mounting.