My dream had me walking up to someone preparing to blow a hall in a wall. It was almost as if the wall was like that that went around a prison. I could not stop it and when I awoke, I realized I was not to stop it. It was important to setting the captives free! Continue reading A Little Dirt Never Hurt…
I am not sure why I was hearing what I heard, but I was sure I needed to hear it. The very words I was hearing spoken had been spoken a thousand times but today it was different. I was hearing them and things clicked. Continue reading Redundancy…Again…
When people ask me about my family, I am excited. (Probably because I realize God is excited about His family!)I am excited not just for the love and the affection shown, but especially the little ones. They are not hardened by life lived religiously or life from the world. There is an innocence. But, my favorite is my walks of discovery with them. Continue reading Revelation, Rest, Relax And Rule
A couple of my dreams last night had similar themes. The theme? No returns.
Now when I was a child, no returns meant no tag backs, or if you have chosen something you do not get another choice or another opportunity. Sometime later in life I had moved to Vermont and they wanted to institute a returnable law for bottles and cans. Small grocery stores like ours were inundated by the influx of cans and bottles from everywhere. One day a dump truck pulled up with a “full load”. So “no returns” was a cry that was heard frequently. And as a consumer I became aware of policy, when a store would not take back merchandise. (Again, another law came into play to protect the consumer from themselves…)
In my dream the person wanted to change something, even exchange it, but they were not allowed. The person pointed to the sign that said “no return” and I watched a dejected person leave the room.
For some reason, this is the third time I have visited this topic in as many weeks. My friend Randall Worley would say “ask yourself why you need to hear it again”.
In the book of Job 10:20-22 (Bold mine), “Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer Before I go– and I shall not return— To the land of darkness and deep shadow, The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness.” His “no return” was seeking a place of respite. He is looking to death and he sees no other way out.
How many of us are face with the futility of an existence with knowledge that “God could change it if He wanted to” when the truth in keeping with the new covenant and “all authority” are that you could change “it” if you wanted to? I would emulate the cry of Joshua in Joshua 18:3 So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has given you?
Like the lepers who saw the city dying, they realized they “could not go back”.
And there is a greater “no return” to be found in this scripture (Bold mine). Isaiah 55:10-12 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.…
We ought be burdened with promise. His promise. 2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Can a chicken become an egg? The Bible tells us we have become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!) not longer to “return” to a previous existence.
Possession, Promise, Participant-No Turning Back
Like many children I learned to fish at my dad’s feet. My dad had been an awesome fisherman. He fished all kids of fish, all kinds of places. One of the main rivers he took us to fish was a tributary to the Connecticut River. I loved to fish and while I preferred lake fishing and live bait, I learned the ways of the river and the fish.
Last night I was in a meeting and I saw my dad, I saw fish and I saw something that I saw from roughly 1995-2001. It was during that time I saw something involving fish and spirituality. On the way home from the meeting I was reminded of it and saw the emphasis of. Continue reading Salmon And The Land Of New England
Despite going to bed later than normal, I awoke at the same time. And there on the floor was the turtle. (Now the last time I saw a turtle was at my daughter’s wedding in St. Lucia last year. A large sea turtle had crawled up to the base of the stairs and deposited her eggs.) So “seeing” a turtle in my room was a surprise. But there it was. Slowly moving across the floor. And then it turned as if to say “follow me”. Follow you? Where? Why? Continue reading Patience Is Preparing a Generation
Last night while I was in service during worship I saw two images. The first was a diamond. The second a token.
The first image was initially the “table in the desert” in Psalm 23. Th table that was prepared for me amongst my enemies. Over the years the Lord has spoken to me that He would use us as a table, a place of communion or community that he would place among enemies. Last night as I watched the table it began to shimmer before my eyes and became a very beautiful fiery diamond. Continue reading 2 Images to Ponder Table Size & Tokens