“Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he, through the Holy Ghost, had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
“And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” Acts 1:2-14
Last week, I shared how our lives changed so dramatically this past fall. For almost a year now, I knew something big was coming. During my prayer time, I sensed that the Lord was about to do something big in our lives, but I had no idea what it was or when it would occur.
Mark and I prayed both together and separately that the Lord would reveal it to us. We prayed, waited and wondered and prayed, but God was silent. When things began to happen, it was so quick that I wondered if it was indeed the Lord’s will. Still, I trusted He would show us His will, and He did in a way I never expected. Now, I waited expectantly for the next door to open as I looked back on the closed door behind me.
In these past few weeks, I wondered how we would handle such a dramatic change in our lives as we left the motel. As I read the Word and prayed, the Lord directed me to the book of Acts to learn from the early church as they too experienced a dramatic change in their lives. I wonder what they were thinking as they watched Jesus ascend into heaven.
During the years of His ministry they walked with Him and witnessed many miracles. They sat at His feet and listened to the Truth. Peter denied Jesus before the crucifixion and then experienced forgiveness from the risen Lord.
After Jesus’ resurrection, many saw Him and fellowshipped with Him. They saw the proof of what He preached. Even Thomas who doubted at first, believed when He saw Jesus with His own eyes.
Now, they were gazing up into heaven as Jesus disappeared from their sight when two angels appeared to them and told them it was time to get on with the task Jesus commanded to spread the Good News to the entire world. They were told they would receive help from the Holy Spirit.
In the meantime, they were to gather together in prayer and wait. They did just as they were told to do and bonded together in one accord as they prayed and waited. They waited in faith, not knowing what would happen next. However, the Lord knew what was coming. He knew that the day of Pentecost was at hand.
I pray that I can learn from their example as I wait for the next chapter of our family’s life. I know that He has great things in store for our family and new and exciting opportunities to serve Him.