We are in the middle of the semester at Interns, and it's pretty tiring. Imagine a full Monday evening of intense bible study, and then up early on Tuesday for a full day of Theology and book studies. Yesterday I was feeling pretty overwhelmed, to the point of talking to myself all the way home, wondering if it was even worth it.
However, in the midst of all of my weariness, I felt like I had to go downtown. That didn't even make logical sense, because I was so tired and really just needed to relax. However, I headed downtown after a whirlwind hour at home, and then all Heaven broke loose.
I walked in the door of The Mustard Seed after being away for away for a few weeks and received many greetings from the community. I then spotted Maria holding a baby, and when I walked over, realized that Stretch and his partner had had their daughter (last I saw them she was VERY pregnant!). I held this 10 day old miracle in my arms, talking to her about the world and life, but then saw she was hungry, and returned her to her dad. He was so proud of his Aurora.
Next I headed for the door where I saw a noticeable upset woman - she cried and asked if I would pray for her, and we went to a private corner where I talked to her and prayed over her for about 20 minutes. By the end she was smiling, and I realized that was the first time in four years that I had actually counseled and prayed over a community member, and it felt completely natural.
On with the evening, and I joked and chatted with the usual gang, and had a great conversation with a former crack addict and alcoholic, now married and working. He was the happiest I had ever seen him.
At the end of the night I drove home, had my usual broken night of sleep, but when I woke up on Wednesday, instead of feeling even more tired, I felt energized. There is no logical or physical explanation for it - I have to attribute it completely to the Holy Spirit!
Coincidentally, we studied a story in Interns yesterday about Jesus and the woman at the well, and how he was so tired when he arrived, but by the end he was energized to the point that the disciples wondered who had fed him. His response: "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."
How amazing it is to experience this food!!