“Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: ‘What’s going on here?’” Acts 2:12 (The Message Bible)
Many years ago, my husband and I followed our daughter, Susan, to Germany and Austria to watch her high school band perform in town squares along their travels. This was my first trip overseas, and wanting to be a friendly visitor, I spent months listening to German language tapes and studying in a workbook to learn a few phrases. I boarded the airplane confident that I would be able to ask for directions to my hotel or where to find a women’s restroom. However, when the man at the baggage claim spoke to me in German, I couldn’t understand anything he said. My head began to spin—the little tape recorder hadn’t prepared me for a real person speaking German.
In the second chapter of Acts, Luke recounts the story of how a strong wind passed over people at the Feast of Pentecost and suddenly everyone there spoke a different language. No wonder their heads were spinning! It was more than just a wind that had blown in from the West, the Holy Spirit had descended on the crowd to make sure the story of Jesus didn’t die with the death of Jesus.
Perhaps the only chance I have to learn a new language in a few months would be for the wind of the Holy Spirit to hover over me, too.
Dear Lord, I am grateful that you understand me when I babble my prayers to you. Amen.