Waiting in the Wings

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Author: Elisa Eaton Page 1 of 12

Transformed By Love

“Grow in Love” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

There was a point in my life when I found myself deeply yearning for the manifest presence of God. During worship at church, I would find myself on the floor in intercession. The Spirit of God would be thick in the air. It felt as if heaven were ready to burst forth with the rain of God’s presence. And even though I felt tiny droplets of the Spirit, even still my inner being groaned for more of God.

I didn’t understand what was coming over me until I stumbled upon a video about the Brownsville Revival. I listened to interviews with the former pastor of the Brownsville Assembly of God, John Kilpatrick. He described how he would go into his church when it was empty in the weeks leading up to the revival. He would weep, moan, and holler, crying out to God, “I want more!” Much like me, Pastor Kilpatrick didn’t know what had come over him. However, that inner groaning turned out to be intercession for the revival that would come to his church on Father’s Day, June 18, 1995.

Emboldened by Pastor Kilpatrick’s testimony, I continued in intercession until one unforgettable night when I received the baptism of fire. I was worshipping with abandon in our church dance circle one moment, and the next, I was drawn to the side of the room. In the spirit, I saw what I knew was the exact copy of Christ’s Spirit. It entered me with holy fire, and I melted to the floor.

I trembled and wept uncontrollably as the Divine poured into me. In that moment, I knew I was completely loved by the Creator. There were no gaps and holes in this love. God had no doubts about me, no shame, anger, or disappointment. This love was flawless, and God was pouring His perfect nature into me.

Every day since then has been an incredible journey of transformation. While I had been yearning for the indwelling presence of God to come to my church, through that encounter, I understood why Paul says we are the tabernacle of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are God’s temple, built to hold the flawless dwelling presence of divine love.

The fiery nature of God’s love removes every hindrance to the manifestation of His kingdom within us. It burns away images of false love that have embedded themselves in our minds. And as a result, we are forever changed. We become a door, as it were, in the earth through which the manifest presence of God can flow.

1 John 4:13, 16 (NLT) And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us…. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

Fiery Anointed One

Fiery Extravagant Love” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

A common theme in my walk with God is how He uses clothing to symbolize our state of mind, character, and conduct. Ultimately, God wants to clothe us with Himself so that we will reflect His character and nature. One night, I had a dream where He used the clothing I was wearing in it to symbolize a challenging truth.

In my dream, I awoke in a bedroom. I got up and walked over to a dresser that had a mirror on it. As I looked at my reflection, I noticed I was wearing very bright colors. I wore a knit sweater with thin orange and yellow stripes, which gave it a fiery appearance. I also wore a Dyed4you silk around my shoulders in the same colors; the silk felt like a mantle. Even though this was a dream, I asked the Lord which silk this was. He told me that the silk had yet to be created.

When I awoke, God began to download the meaning of the dream. He reminded me that I don’t like wearing knit sweaters, even on the coldest winter day. I easily overheat, and that makes me uncomfortable. Even more, I don’t like wearing bright colors like orange and yellow because they are incredibly bold and cause me to stand out. (I’m an introvert, a petite woman, and have always preferred remaining in the background.) 

God then brought to mind a story Lisa Bevere told. She named one of her sons Arden Christopher. His name means “fiery, determined, anointed one.”

Bringing all these things to mind, the Lord said, “I’ve called you to be My fiery, determined, anointed one. I’ve called you to be on fire for Me and walk in a holy boldness that pushes back the kingdom of darkness. I know that stepping out in My anointing and having attention drawn to you can be uncomfortable. But remember that the light of My presence is upon you so that humanity will see Me through you. Don’t be afraid to shine for Me.”

Through this dream and God’s interpretation, I began recognizing areas in my life where I was holding back and afraid to step out in His anointing. My fiery love for God has been born out of hiddenness and intimacy with Him. I have often felt like King David, who delighted in God while only a shepherd boy, pouring out songs of praise while in the pasture with the sheep. And also like David, the anointing and calling upon my life exceeds my wildest dreams!

However, God anoints us for a purpose. The anointing is like a light in the darkness that shows humanity that He exists. And His anointing is the key to establishing His kingdom on earth. Therefore, God’s anointing is guaranteed to take us far outside of our comfort zones. We must be willing to die to ourselves and, at times, what makes us comfortable to allow God to shine through us.

Bearing the Fruit of Divine Love

“Grow In Love” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

I once had a dream where the whole world was united in divine love. That love began in our hearts as a golden light radiating throughout our bodies. As that love moved outside our bodies, it became like a fabric that interconnected us. I felt complete oneness with all people, all of creation, and God.

As the dream progressed, my youngest sister, Emme, lost something precious to her. As I asked her what she was looking for, my father, who was standing at a distance, criticized Emme for her constant irresponsibility. Instead of responding to him, I had an inner knowing that his words were not beneficial and that it rather would be more helpful to help Emme focus on a solution. 

People surrounded us, and Emme was afraid someone would steal her precious item. I reminded her that now that we were all one, we wouldn’t have to fear anyone taking what wasn’t theirs. Even more, we could trust others and ask for help finding her item; ultimately, I knew they would pitch in and help out of mutual love for their neighbor. And that’s precisely what happened. Within a few moments, Emme’s item was found.

This dream left a deep impression on me. Oneness with God is a subject I meditate on often, and I’ve had spiritual experiences that have given me a glimpse of what pure oneness with humanity could be like. Divine love is always at the center of it. 

As I sought God for revelation and the practical application of this dream in my daily life, the fruit of the Spirit was highlighted to me. A moment that stood out strongly was my choice not to react to or reinforce my father’s harsh words to my sister (a fleshly response); instead, I chose loving action (a spiritual response). Like a doctor prescribing specific medicines to heal an ailment, the voice of divine love in my heart prescribed gentleness, patience, and peace as a remedy to Emme’s predicament. 

As the Passion Translation describes beautifully, “the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions.” As I’ve experienced in my walk with God, divine love comes in many forms. And through the Holy Spirit and according to the new covenant, God’s law of divine love is written upon the tablets of our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). As we abide in Christ and bear the fruit of the Spirit, we have an abundant harvest to draw from to remedy every situation in our lives. 

Galatians 5:22-24 (TPT) But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 (ESV) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Beautiful Harvest

Beautiful Harvest (Grow Fruit)” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Galatians 5:22-24 (TPT) But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

{hearing and seeing} I heard the words “beautiful harvest.” In the Spirit, I sensed abundant, ripe fruit available to us.

I sense the Father calling us to greater awareness of the fruit of the Spirit within us. When busy surviving life’s latest trial, it’s natural to focus on our weariness and pain. We may not see what we have gained from our spiritual gauntlet of endurance.

Scripture teaches us that trials and suffering produce perseverance, character, and hope within us (Romans 5:3-5). Just as an athlete pushes themselves to develop greater muscle strength, difficulties strengthen Christ’s nature within us. We gain access to a new level within the divine image.

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Sent One

“Warrior Watchman” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

{vision} I saw myself wearing a unique necklace. The pendant was designed like a gyroscope, yet instead of a “wheel within a “wheel,” there was a “coin within a coin.” One coin face had a lion’s head and another that of a man. I had the sense that the other coin faces mirrored the rest of the four living creatures connected to the throne of God, the eagle and the ox (Ezekiel 1, Revelation 4).

Though this vision came to me in a quick flash, many things were downloaded to my spirit all at once. God has been speaking to me a lot about living from the place of our authority in Him. According to Ephesians 2:6, we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. I can be honest and say that, although I know this truth with my mind, it is a much different thing to know it in my bones and feel secure in that knowledge. Doubt, fear, and insecurities can creep in and cause a child of God to feel weak and worthless. Therefore, I knew this vision of the necklace was meant to give me further revelation about our kingly authority in Christ.

The necklace in my vision references the throne of God on several levels. Of course, “the wheel within wheel” motif points directly to the throne of God (Ezekiel 1:15-21). The “faces” of the coin allude to the presence of God because the word for “presence” in Hebrew is paniym (H6440), which can be translated as “faces.” For me, the lion is symbolic of kingly authority, while the head of a man echoes the same theme since, in Hebraic thought, the head is associated with leadership (think of the term “head of state”).

I could sense that the fact that the pendant looked like a gyroscope also had further significance. When I looked up the purpose of a gyroscope, the words were strongly highlighted to me, “a device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity.” I sensed that God wanted to speak to me about being secure in my position (seat of authority) in Christ as I moved forward in what He had called me to do. If ever I found myself out of alignment with Him, the revelation He was bringing was meant to help me get back on track.

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The Keys to Multiplication

This image is the prophetic art of Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art. The piece is called "The Seeker's Keys," and this meditation is connected to it.

The Seeker’s Keys” – by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

John 6:10-13 (TPT) … So on the vast grassy slope, more than five thousand hungry people sat down. Jesus then took the barley loaves and the fish and gave thanks to God. He then gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. Miraculously, the food multiplied, with everyone eating as much as they wanted. When everyone was satisfied, Jesus told his disciples, “Now go back and gather up the pieces left over so that nothing will be wasted.” The disciples filled up twelve baskets of fragments, a basket of leftovers for each disciple.

The keys to multiplication in ministry is remembering that there is always more than enough. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. You do not have to beg for your portion because you have Christ, and Christ is the very Bread from Heaven and the Word of Life.

Like the loaves of bread and fishes, what you have to give to others will always come from of the overflow of your relationship with God. Your daily portion of His life and your daily portion of His Word are first and foremost for you. When the time comes to minister to others, seek God’s face and He will bless and multiply your portion.

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Enjoy the Dance

“Dance with Me” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

{dream} I was dancing in the arms of my Beloved. There was such joy and peace as we swayed back and forth to the music and focused on our love for one another. At some point, the thought came to me that, in real life, I didn’t know how to slow dance.

Suddenly, that concern about not being able to dance caused my feet to stumble as we danced. My feet felt like they were getting all tangled. And yet, the Beloved kept leading us in the dance as if nothing were wrong! I didn’t stumble or fall over, and our dance seemed as beautiful as before. So I just focused on the music and our love for one another.

Now and then, my thoughts would slip, and I would worry about my steps and stumble. But as soon as I remembered where my focus should be, my feet righted themselves. Eventually, I realized my steps didn’t matter, and that worrying about them only detracted from enjoying the dance with my Beloved.

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The Gift of the Present Moment

{vision} One day as I was praying for wisdom in carrying out a long-term goal, I saw a vision of a Christmas tree with presents beneath it. In my spirit, I saw myself waking up each morning like I did as a child on Christmas morning—with a feeling of excitement, expectation, and hope.

When I received this vision, I sensed Holy Spirit calling me to seek the treasures that the Father has prepared for me each day of my life. So often, from the moment we wake up to the time we fall asleep, our thoughts can be plagued with our to-do lists. Many things need to be done, and many things need to be addressed. And depending on the urgency of those needs, it can be hard to stop and recognize the good that is before us.

However, in those moments when we feel like we’re not moving fast enough and doing enough, our thoughts are consumed with the possible future. As a result, we can miss the treasures hidden in the present moment. Therefore, Holy Spirit is calling us to slow down and take inventory. 

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The Window of Your Heart

“Ayin Tovah (Good/Generous Eye)” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Matthew 6:22-23 (RSV) “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

I once heard a wise saying that goes something like this, “Whenever you’re feeling negative emotions, it is because you have stopped loving.” Or, as I have come to interpret it, whenever we are in a negative state of mind, it is because we have inadvertently disconnected from the source of love—the heart of God.

We don’t always disconnect from God’s love out of willful sin and rebellion. In fact, I often find my disconnects occur in the subtlest of ways. Usually, I’m going along in life, some minor or major event occurs, and suddenly, my perception of life and God has subconsciously shifted. It often takes me a while to recognize that I’m no longer looking at my life and experiences through the lens of God’s infinite love. Little by little, feelings like fear, shame, guilt, condemnation, and worthlessness begin to creep in and darken my inner man. All in all: I have forgotten that I am loved.

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Consecrated to God

Refreshing Worship” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Romans 12:1 (AMP) Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.

{vision} I saw a woman waving her arms up and down in worship. Her eyes were closed, and I could sense she was fully enraptured and focused on God. I got the sense that as the motion of her arms was meant to symbolize the rising of incense, I could sense her soul ascending in some way and recognizing its oneness with God.

This vision came to me as I was meditating on the subject of aliyah, the immigration of the Jewish people in the diaspora to the Land of Israel. In Hebrew, “aliyah” means “ascent.” As I shared in my post, “Our Songs of Ascent,” my studies of Scripture through a Hebraic lens have given me a deep appreciation for God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants. And while I, along with many others in Christ, eagerly await the fulfillment of God’s promises to manifest in the earth, I always find there’s much to learn about our spiritual pilgrimage through events in the natural.

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