“Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!”‘ Acts 2:13-15
I think it is so beautifully fitting that we commission our mission trippers on this day. No one can appear drunk on Jesus like the hundreds of high school and junior high youth scattering like Holy Glitter along the Gulf Coast today. Not only will they touch porches and roofs and walls and floors and doors, but also the hearts they meet and the hearts they have known already.
It takes a very special ministry to make it feel okay to wear scrub pants and overalls and orange jumpsuits and silly hats. To make it feel okay to sing at the top of your lungs and to climb up onto roofs sixty feet in the air. The Holy Spirit always guides this crazy, God-drunken youth and adults. That’s the beautiful thing about it. It provides an opportunity to cut lose from all the ties that bind you to be normal and well spoken and to blend in. When your heart lets go of all the brokenness and stress and expectation that comes with your normal and self-serving and expected routine, there is so much more room to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to go and share and show it. Even when it means being undignified. Especially then.
And so, for those of us left behind this week, I would ask you to pray for the lives being touched this week and for the ties that hold our youth home to be cut for a week. But in addition to that, I want to ask you to let go of what’s holding you home at some point this week. I challenge you to be undignified and to let the Holy Spirit move through you in a way you haven’t before. Whether that means saying something or doing something or being something. See if god is calling you to do something unexpected this week, and open your heart to it.
Lord, please hold close those travelling to do your work this week. Open their hearts to the experience you have in store for them and let their labor be a testimony to your Love. Bless them and those they touch as you put forth motion in their lives this week. Guide those of us at home, helping us to grow in our everyday experiences, making us closer to you. Help us to all be instruments of your Grace, never fearing the judgments passed on us or the expectations held for us other than yours. Amen.