One of the interesting things about God speaking to His people is how He speaks. People often ask what I think His method of speaking to them is. While there are multiple answers on the subject, today let us talk about the process of His talk to us called “seeing.”
1 Samuel 9:9 (Before this in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spoke: “Come, and let us go to the seer”; for he that is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
The term seer is often used interchangeably with prophet in the Old Testament.
In my personal life I often “see.” I see pictures. I can be praying over someone and a picture appears. No sooner does the picture appear than God begins to speak about the meaning of it to me. Yesterday He shared a lava lamp with me while praying for a couple. The meaning was that as the fire of God came in the oil would be heated up and the globules would move faster. Fire, oil, expediency. The days of waiting were nearly over for them. The requirement? Be plugged in!
Frequently a series of pictures will appear. Each with a personal meaning for the individual(s).
Too often we “see” something and write it off as not real or imagination. I cannot tell you how many times I have received a flash of something; a picture or impression and bypassed it only to realize later it had value.
Why does God use pictures? I have to imagine that it is easier for someone to see than it is to hear on some levels. Word pictures always stick with me. So much of our conversation and metaphors are picturesque in nature.
- “He is the apple of my eye.”
- “They are on a rollercoaster of emotions.”
- “She is drowning in a sea of grief.”
- “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink, (John 7:37).”
God will use pictures of life to give you answers if you will allow your mind to receive and engage what He shows to you. So many times I have been praying or in conversation, only to encounter a response, whether it be numbers or animals or a sign, that clearly have been delivered by the hand of God.
Being aware of the pictures of God is the best advice I can offer. Never shrug off that sign or that cloud or that tree, until you have examined it in light of the Lord and what He may be speaking. Do not blow past the images you may see in your mind’s eye.
God is always painting, always creating. It is not hard to see Him. Just watch.