On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit… -Acts 2:1-4
How do we describe the Holy Spirit? How do we talk about this thing that cannot be seen even though it impacts people in such a powerful way? The Bible gives us symbols to represent the untouchable; a rushing wind, the descending dove, falling fire. Our small minds can’t comprehend the infinite nature of God and His enveloping spirit, so He helps us to see them through the everyday, tangible images of our experience.
Just as Jesus gave us parables and analogies, allowing greater understanding into who He is and how to live, we can better share His Holy Spirit through the physical tokens of its character.