Thursday 26 February 2015

Taking the Longer View

Tonight when the house grew quiet and the lights were all but off, I felt that beautiful smile from God wash across my heart. It's that kind of smile that says "come, let's talk." So I made my cup of green tea as I usually do and find that space, usually where the cool breeze can blow and I can be alone. Alone with my God. Alone in His tenderness and Love, alone in my vulnerability and need to talk. 

Here is what I want to share tonight, what God shared with me, and I know it relates so deeply to my own life but also to many of your lives. The world is in such a chaotic state. Daily our hearts are saddened by the news of more of our Christian brothers and sisters been killed for their faith. Polititians are growing more corrupt, systems are failing, food prices are increasing, money is getting less (a whole days wage for a loaf of bread anyone!) and well - it is safe to say darkness is covering the earth rapidly.

With this kind of content sweeping the corners of the earth, it is easy to be sucked in. To feel dizzy and sad, it is easy to let the darkness out there and even in our own personal hard times in our own lives, overcome us. But God is saying - take a longer view on this, take the bigger view. Dream deep, live fully, choose to have faith, to believe in every moment, to create, to keep on loving, to keep on giving and to keep on hoping. 

Last year Yahweh spoke deeply to my husband and I about the thick darkness that would soon cover in the earth but He gave us Isaiah 60 as a sure and steady promise for the days ahead.

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,

    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

It is time to refocus, to regroup and to regather what seems to have been lost. Yahweh wants us to take the longer view on life. Which means do not get caught up in this trying moment, do not get caught out in this trying time, there is always a sunrise after a night of darkness. I forsee the Glory He has in store for us. I forsee the dreams He still wants to fulfill in my life and in yours! Father, help us take the longer view! This week I sat in our local tax office for 5 and a half gruelling hours. To say it was gruelling is a gross understatement, it was horrid. You get a small piece of paper with a number on and then you join hundreds of other people on a bench and wait. My husband and I were ill prepared, just like the people around us. We had no food, no water and nothing to do. We waited and waited and every time the next number rang out there is a tense sensation that fills your entire being! Is it mine? Is it my turn? Can I go home now? But for 5 and a half hours, it was not my turn. Sadly enough I was the last person on my bench and the fifth last person in the building. It was absurd, I even cried from the tension and the frustration. The environment was also unsafe, my husband would not even leave my side to go to the bathroom.

As my husband and I drove home, we grabbed a cup of coffee and some take away and I wondered about this whole episode. All I can say is - I have to choose to take the longer view. I had to sit in that office to achieve something better in my future ( true story!), and I hope one day soon I will forget about this gruelling experience and move on. Even in that tax office, the spiritual darkness was oppressive, you could feel it all around you as people spoke and swore and jested and grew angry. 

However, tonight God has told me that He has a lot in store for me, I cannot forget the word He gave me at the beginning of the year - my child have a Spirit - Birthed Expectancy! 

So tonight, God's Light is greater then the darkness. In fact we choose to overcome the darkness because the Light of God shines so bright within us! We choose to pursue our dreams with all of our might, to raise our kids to be God - fearers and history makers. We choose to stand up and pray mighty prayers of revival because I do believe that as the darkness gets thicker - the revival in the hearts of true believers is going to get greater. There are many shakers that are going to shake this earth up like Elijah did, before the coming return of our King! HalleluYah! I wanna pray fire with other fiery believers, I am expectant to see the dead raised to life, the blind healed and the sick rejoice again! Our God has not changed, He is the same - and He did it so richly in the past we cannot limit Him today.

So friend - let's take the longer view, for I am convinced that However, as it is written: "What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9) 
And lastly Yeshua gave me a scripture for all of this, it is found in Romans 12...

We overcome because we have faith in the One and Only Saviour - who overcame and is reigning in Victory! So too because He overcame, He can overcome all evil with the Goodness of our God! Let's be part of the revival! HalleluYah! 


  1. I love this....It is time to refocus, to regroup and to regather what seems to have been lost. I also love your poetic words! You can just feel the darkness descending on the earth and time drawing short, but I believe with all my heart that God's people will shine brightly during this time. He isn't finished with us yet and has plans to bring things in our lives to completion. Visiting fomr #TellHisStory

    1. Hi Laura, so glad you were next to me at TellHisStory this week, it has been great to meet you! Thank you for the encouraging words, I agree with you so and want to shout HalleluYah at your words! We will shine brightly through this time, AMEN! And He aint finished with us - what an encouragement to keep on going, bless you dear sister!

  2. Isaiah 60 has been a very special chapter in my life as well. So happy to be your neighbor at Unite!

  3. Love this! I am in the midst of simplifying and refocusing.