The kids asked me to tell them a story about a ghost. So I told them the story of how the Holy Ghost came upon the disciples at Pentecost, and they were filled with power and their spirit languages, and flames of fire danced over their heads — the fire didn’t touch their heads, but it was over their heads.

At this point, Button chimed in and said, “like the tabernacle!” It took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about. Then I remembered we had read the story about how a cloud of fire hovered over the tabernacle during Israel’s exodus through the desert. God was in the fire, and when the cloud moved, the people moved too.

I had never made this connection before, but surely the disciples did. The flames of fire over their head were incontrovertible evidence that God now dwelt in their beings rather than in a building. Truly, God was with them, just as He foretold (Emmanuel – “God with us”). He lived in them, dwelt in them, and His presence filled them — just as was true of the tabernacle.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 1 Cor. 3:16