Kuye entered the room and sat on the bed. It had been a hectic day for her and the traffic didn’t make it any better. Unzipping her bag after lying down for some seconds, she brought out her phone and opened the next obvious thing, Whatsapp. She had been so busy at work; she hadn’t had time to go through her chats.
“Another broadcast again?” she soliloquized. “I’m tired of all these group chats sef”
“Ahhh, Kenny sent me a message this time around. Thank God o, at least she remembered me today”. She said to herself, as she replied.
Trying to fix dinner for herself, she’d check her phone once in a while to see if any message popped up.
“What’s the matter?!” Kuye said suddenly. “Why do I feel all strange and null?” A message notification came in and she just stared at the phone. “Why do I feel so empty scrolling through my messages?”It seemed instead of finding some relief, she felt more lonely. There was this nudging within her she couldn’t explain.
At that moment she heard, “Come, let’s chat”. Then it dawned on her, the Holy Spirit had been trying to get her attention. “Come, let’s chat” What was she supposed to tell Him? She didn’t have any prayer request at the moment; she wasn’t even sure how she’d get talking with Him. But she had heard the words so clearly.The Holy Spirit was seeking her company, she had become so drawn to the world and pulled back from His familiar embrace. Now she didn’t even know how she’d converse with Him; she had lost touch with her friend.
She began to remember times she’d felt this nudging or stirring sensation within her but most times she’d ignored it, being occupied with other things. She couldn’t imagine all she had missed when the Holy Spirit had tried to talk with her, all because her mind was either perusing chats or scheming up replies to give.
“Dear Holy Spirit…….”, She said, taking a deep breath. “I’m sorry for the way I’ve treated You. I’ve relegated You to the background of my life, I don’t even know how to talk with You. I’m so sorry Lord”. She paused and stopped, kinda wondering if she was just talking to herself.
“I’m here” she heard the still small voice again.
“Hello Holy Spirit”, she said, excited and unsure.
“Hello daughter. How was your day?”
“Twas hectic. I’m so glad You’re here Holy Spirit, I’m sorry for leaving You behind. Thanks for calling out to me”. She answered and continued, half-thinking. “But then, how will I talk with You or hear You answer, how sure will I be?”
“I’m listening, just talk with me as you’d talk to a person, your friend; whenever you have something to say, just call up on me”.
And then, with childlike faith she began to talk with Him, with the amazement of hearing Him answer and talk back to her. As strange as she’d felt before, she felt the unusual feeling of loneliness and emptiness leave her. It wasn’t immediate but gradual. It became a delight conversing with the Holy Spirit, as He revealed truths to her, answered her questions and conversed, even joking at times.
How many times have you felt the nudge to leave your phone and get alone with God? It may not be the urge to pray but a nudge to listen to His voice or just to be still in His presence. Jesus said to His disciples after the bustle and hustle of the days’ activities in Mark 6:31 “And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat”.
The day to day activities of life, even the normal conversations we engage in, have the tendency to wear our spirits out, leaving us famished and dry. But even much more than that, the Holy Spirit seeks to commune with us every single moment of our lives as friend and companion. He wants to walk with us through every area of our lives but that’s only when we let Him.
How then do you find Him out? He’s right there by your side, if you’re a Christian. Just call Him, start up a conversation and do it in faith. James 4:8 says “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you…”. If you’re not saved, why not now? Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. He’s waiting for you.
I hope you are blessed by this. Feel free to comment, critique, ask questions and share.