Do you remember Helen Keller’s animated description when she first discovered the mystery of language? Hands were thrust under a water spout while the teacher spelled the word “water” into her hand. Helen said, “I felt a misty consciousness as if something forgotten…and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free.” Helen’s darkness had suddenly burst into light, opening up a vast outside world that she could neither see nor hear.
I thought how similar was my awakening to the language of the Spirit—God’s communication to me through the Holy Ghost. It is a still small voice, ever so subtle. I hear this voice in the form of countless little ideas that pop into my mind—to serve, to love, to forgive. The Holy Ghost whispers reasons to rejoice every day. He speaks peace amid trial, comfort in sorrow. On occasion, the Spirit urges need for repentance. Always the Holy Ghost conveys God’s love and affirmations of my worth. Similar to Helen Keller’s awakening, this communication from God opens up a whole new world that I can neither see nor hear with physical senses. Of course, this awakening is the mere beginning of language. I’m trying to learn fluency—to recognize, interpret, and act. This living word from God “awakens my soul, gives it light, hope, joy, and sets it free.” How does the Spirit speak to you?