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The Holy Spirit is easily the most complicated person of the Trinity. He is hard to understand because it is impossible for our tiny human minds to understand how vast and great he is. I think Christ is easy to understand because he is human. There is concrete proof that he was a real man who walked on earth. We can imagine Jesus easily with hair, ten toes and fingers, a nose. He ate and drank, he smiled and cried, he had a mother and friends. It is easier to understand and relate to him. God the Father is easier to understand because of what we know about him in the Old Testament and what Jesus preached about him in the Gospel.

It’s hard to wrap our head around who the Holy Spirit is, but he has such and incredible role in our lives. Nicholas Sparks has a quote that I’m going to kind of rework to help me explain who the Holy Spirit is. Sparks says, “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it, but you can feel it.” This is such a beautiful image and it so perfectly how we can approach the Holy Spirit.

The wind has been a symbol for the Holy Spirit for centuries. There are some days where the wind is light and you can barely feel it when you step outside, but you know it’s there by the faint way it may rustle some leaves in the trees or by a flag flowing on a flag pole. Other days, it’s so strong and overpowering that it is blowing umbrellas, water, and even cars away. It can be harmless one moment, and absolutely terrifying and destructive the next.  I’ve had moments where I am outside and struggle to stay standing up when the wind starts blowing too fiercely.

Very similar to the wind, the Holy Spirit has moments where we can hardly feel him at all, then other moments he is so strong and overpowering in how he works in our lives, we can barely stand. It’s hard to know him. But faith is our eyes.

Even when we don’t feel the wind, we can see how the wind impacts the world around us. Similar to the Holy Spirit, we may not be able to see him work, but faith can be our eyes in seeing how he impacts the world around us, even when we feel nothing. Faith can give us hope in difficult times and help us identify that the changes and events that happen in our lives is by the workings of the Holy Spirit.

There are moments when we can hear the wind whistling in our ears, other times we can’t, but we still know it’s there by hearing the leaves rustle or the chain of the flag pole tapping the metal pole. Sometimes we hear the Holy Spirit in other people whether it be our youth ministers, friends, priests and religious. We can even hear him when we read scripture or when we read an article online or a book that has a powerful impact on us.

It’s hard to understand the Holy Spirit. We weren’t meant to completely understand him because there are somethings that God chooses to keep a mystery until we are united with him in Heaven. This explanation is in no way perfect, however it simplifies such a huge complicated aspect of the church a little bit.

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Since I got home from school, my sister and my mom have turned me onto house flipping shows on HGTV. What people do on these shows is take a house that is foreclosed that they bought in auctions for ridiculously low prices (without seeing the property before hand) in order to turn around and sell them for a profit. The problem is that most of the time, these houses are in really, really bad shape with tons of mold and termite damage, junk from previous owners, bad pluming and electric systems, poor support structures, and horrible 50s wallpaper that is a pain to take off.

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It’s amazing to see the transformation that these houses undergo.  There are always the infamous before and after pictures of the house. At the beginning of the show, people walk into the houses going “woah” with their noses wrinkled in disgust, then they work for weeks on fixing it up so people who are potential buyers walk in saying “woah” to beautiful home with their eyes wide with wonder.

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After: From HGTV’s Flip or Flop

Because I’m a nerdy writer who tries to see connections and metaphors to things as silly as a house flipping show, after getting hooked on the show, I had to pinpoint the exact reason why I enjoyed these shows so much. It wasn’t the flippers because most of the time, they are really obnoxious about the unexpected errors that occur in every episode. It wasn’t that they are only on late at night for me to watch instead of going to bed. It wasn’t the fact that they are HGTV shows because most of the shows really annoy me.

I loved the idea of a house being so broken and damaged, yet these people saw such amazing potential in them and decided to get their hands dirty to make it beautiful in ways I never would’ve thought or imagine. See the cheesy predictable connection?

Yes, this is yet another post about God’s incredible healing works and how he is a healer to those who seek him. I talk God as a healer so much because that is how much I believe in it. It is through healing that I had my first encounter with the Lord, and it is through continual healing that I continue to encounter him in different ways.

However, the difference between God and a flipper who works on these abandoned homes is that He is more than just a doctor who fixes us up and sends us back out to the world. He is a God who is a father, a king, a friend, a comforter, a counselor, a savior who is with us no matter what.

So what are the little things in you that are keeping you from being a beautiful home?

Is it the beams in you that are failing to support you because they are rotted with lies and deceit?

Is it the dead grass in the front lawn that isn’t receiving the nutrients it needs from reading scripture?

Is it the dining room that is filled with termite damage and mold because of neglecting to dine with Christ at Mass every Sunday?

Is it the broken roof that is allowing the sin and the damage into the house because it isn’t being strengthened by prayer and conversation with God??

No matter the damage, Christ is knocking on the door with a sledge hammer and hard hat with an entire army of angels and saints as his crew ready to knock down the walls and rebuild you into the beautiful home that you are meant to be.

The question is, are you ready and willing to let him in?

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