// Lynette Hagin
RECENTLY WHEN I arrived at my office, I discovered that I had left my cell phone at home. "No big deal," I thought. "I should be able to survive eight hours without my cell phone." I had access to my office phone if I needed to contact someone. I was going over my paperwork when suddenly I needed information that was on my cell phone. My thoughts were, "I'll take care of that tomorrow."
Time and time again as I was processing paperwork, I found that I had committed so much information to my phone that it was hindering my ability to function properly. Finally in exasperation, I decided to go home and get my cell phone in order to complete the tasks ahead.
As I was driving home I thought, "Lord there must be a lesson in this interruption." I detest wasting time, and I was upset that forgetting my phone had cut into my planned tasks for the day.
The Lord said the following to me, "You didn't realize how important that cell phone was to you. You didn't realize that it was almost impossible to navigate your tasks without it. You have it with you constantly and are continually putting important information into it.
"Just as you didn't realize the importance of that phone, many people do not realize the importance of the Holy Spirit in their lives. He is there constantly for them. The reason they are so stressed is because they are not calling upon the Helper that I have provided for them."
Then the Lord brought me to the scene of when Jesus was about to leave this earth and was giving His final instructions to the disciples. I am sure Jesus sensed that the disciples were distraught because He was leaving. After all, whenever they had a question, they simply asked and He answered them. I can imagine them thinking, "What are we going to do? We won't have anyone to answer our questions nor give us the wisdom we will need to handle situations."
Jesus answered them in the following passage scripture.
"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you" (John 14:16–17 AMPC).
Jesus continued His explanation in John 14:26 (AMPC): "But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you."
As I was recalling these verses, it brought to me the following: With my natural tasks, I rely on information stored in my cell phone. I keep my phone with me constantly so I may put information in it that I will need for the future.
More important than having my cell phone with me is recognizing that the Holy Spirit is with me constantly. However, He does not help us unless we give Him an invitation. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to assist us in navigating our daily lives. We must recognize that He is always with us and call upon Him.
When you need comforting, all you have to do is call upon Him. When you need advice the Holy Spirit is there to give you the perfect answer to your situation. When you need strength for the task in front of you, draw upon His strength. Stay sensitive to His voice and He will show you things to come. He will help you in every decision. He will give you the right words in critical situations.
I could not navigate life without the Holy Spirit. I am so thankful that He is constantly with me to lead, guide, and direct. I encourage you to recognize the importance of the Holy Spirit in your life. Call upon Him daily to assist in whatever you need.
"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
—Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)