We tend to over-spiritualize the work of God. I should say falsely spiritualize or unspiritualize, because whenever the Spirit does something in Scripture, it’s always concrete, powerful, obviously seen and experienced.
I’ve been working through the minor prophets and came today that great passage describing what the restoration would look like in Jerusalem. “Thus says the LORD of hostst: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girl playing in its streets. Thus says the LORD of hosts: If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the LORD of hosts? ” (Zech. 8:4-6).
The restoration was the precursor of the coming of Christ, a mighty work of the Spirit. And what would it look like? Old people with canes watching kids playing in the streets. It would look like a multi-generational block party.