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Matthew 3:13-17 NIV
 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.  As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Who will always keep your deepest darkest secrets? Who can you talk to anytime? We have all had friendships with people, and we can agree that there is no friend like Jesus, no one like Him! I can hear the old folks singing that hymn now – What a Friend We Have in Jesus. He is our best friend. He works all shifts and never gets tired.
We all have different relationships with the Blessed Trinity. In my life, the Holy Spirit has spoken to me when I have been confused and heartbroken. When I was going through a very tumultuous time in 1983, I was married with a 2-year-old daughter. My spouse had become markedly different, exhibiting abrupt personality changes and mood swings. Although we had been married for only 2 years, I believed I knew him well because he was my high school sweetheart. Because of his behavior, I contemplated leaving him on the pending duty weekend with the Army Reserves. I planned to wait until he was away because I believed he would not allow us to leave if he were at home.
One evening, I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to look in my spouse’s wallet. My spouse had left his wallet on the fireplace, which was very unusual. I had never looked through his wallet before. In the wallet were several pawn shop tickets which not only described items that I owned but also his wedding band! (Previously, he alleged that the wedding band had been lost.) I searched for my things and they were indeed missing from the home.
I proceeded to the pawn shop to retrieve my things and the owner refused to give them to me. He stated that the pawn tickets needed a signature – my spouse’s signature. After my failed attempts at convincing the owner to give me my things, I departed. Later the same evening, I returned to the pawn shop with a signature. The pawn shop owner appeared relieved to give the items to me. I subsequently packed my things and my baby’s things and we moved back home with my parents.
The following day, I questioned my spouse who would not explain pawning the items. We both worked and
we did not need money for anything. When he asked me to return home, I refused; explaining that something
was going on with him and until he admitted it, I would not return. Approximately eight months later, we divorced.
Years later, I learned that he had a serious drug problem which explained his taking things from the house.
When the Holy Spirit speaks, we are compelled to listen. He provides us with the explanations we seek,
even when we are not completely aware of our circumstances. While experiencing trials and tribulations during
my marriage, He led me to the pawn tickets. Finding them aroused my suspicions. I had not previously been
exposed to drug addiction; therefore, I was unable to connect it with the behavioral changes I had witnessed in my spouse.
Father, thank you for the revelations. We humbly ask for a spiritual ear so that we don’t miss the messages.
Lord, we want to learn spiritual meditation or other means of accepting your communication, so that we can
hear or otherwise receive you. Father, we thank you and praise you, in Jesus’ name, amen.