When the Spirit comes, there is new power. And there is also a new understanding. Notice in the story that what began as bewilderment turned into a miracle of speech and hearing.
6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
This is what happens when the Spirit of God takes a hold of you. At first, it’s disorienting. Because the usual markers we rely on to find balance and meaning in our lives, things like routines and logic and reason, these are upset. They’re no longer sufficient. We become re-oriented to God’s way of seeing the world.
This is one of the reasons that sometimes when we see people who are filled with the Holy Spirit, we think they’re crazy. Because they say and do things that don’t make sense in our human minds.
When have you known someone who is full of the Holy Spirit, who acts in ways contrary to human wisdom, but nevertheless lives a life pleasing to God?
O God, I confess that my small mind cannot comprehend the vast wisdom of heaven. So bless me with understanding on this day, enough to discover the ways you are at work in the world, and the opportunities you are giving me to bless others. I pray through Christ the Lord. Amen.