By S’ambrosia Wasike
Throughout the Bible, God seemed to have a habit of granting special encounters to his servants before he called them for specific missions:
• Moses encountered God through a burning bush before being sent to Egypt.
• Isaiah saw the Lord seated on his throne before receiving his call as a prophet.
• Paul saw Jesus and was blinded by his brilliance before becoming an apostle.
It should be no surprise then, that before the disciples were commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel, Jesus blew on them to fill them with the Holy Spirit.
Graduating to New Levels
Have you ever thought about the significance that graduation ceremonies hold for us as we transition from one phase of life to another? After completing 12 years of school, something you may have considered at the time to be tedious work, what if you were merely shoved into college and subsequently into adulthood without anyone acknowledging what you did or equipping you for the next stage? Would the transition mean so much to you? Would you feel as confident going into the next phase?
There is a reason keynote speakers are enlisted to share words of inspiration at graduation ceremonies. Their words, as well as the ceremony as a whole, serve to help students close one chapter of their lives so they can move onto bigger and better ones.
Peace in Knowing
Each of the aforementioned men from the Bible had their own graduation day with God. Whenever he revealed himself, it signified a major transition for the person. The fact that these men saw God and knew he had equipped them emboldened them to keep going even when the going got rough.
The disciples had been under the teaching of their rabbi and learning a lot. But until Jesus filled them with the Holy Spirit, an everlasting diploma of the work Jesus had done in them, the disciples were not ready to conquer the world. Once they received the Spirit, they went out and the world was never the same.
S’ambrosia Wasike and her husband are living out their dreams in Kitale, Kenya, where they film documentaries for missionaries and train former orphans in art education.