Mr. Rogers and the Holy Spirit
When children’s television host Mr. Rogers was asked why he talked so slowly, his answer was that the time between speaking and hearing was sacred. It is in this piece of time that the spirit could take what was said to be translated for the hearer.
This world is in a rush, and we rarely do one task at a time. We are multi-taskers. We don’t just drive; we talk on our cellphones and juggle multiple tasks at work.
The Spirit can work within all of our rushing around, however are we as good at noticing the Spirit if we never slow down?
It is not likely that our world will slow down. However, maybe within the rush we can be like Mr. Rogers and create a space for the Spirit to move. Instead of listening and forming our reply, we can listen first and hear the Spirit talking through them. Then with fuller knowledge and understanding, we can reply.
How different would our conversations be, and how different would our busy world be as well?
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26 NIV)