Waiting in the Wings

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

Tag: fear/worry

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. 

When we’re able to pause and fully inhabit the present moment, it gives us the opportunity to shift our focus back to God. We realize we don’t have to continually feel in a place of need and lack because we have Emmanuel—God with us. God is present with us in our day-to-day lives. He is the answer to every prayer, the fulfillment of every desire, and the provision for our every need.

Isaiah 65:24 reminds us of God’s loving care towards us. He says, “I’ll anticipate their prayers and respond before they know it; even as they speak, I will hear” (VOICE). And Matthew 6:8 tells us that our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we even ask. For those that would align with the Father’s heart, Holy Spirit says now, “Wake up each morning with an expectation of good. There are so many treasures I have in store for you. Know that each moment of each day has a gift from My heart hidden in it.

“I have not left you. I will never forsake you. So know and trust that I have provided exactly what you need for today and every day.”

No longer do we have to fear the past. And worrying about our future will not benefit us. There’s a way for us to keep our mind on the next spiritual destination without taking our eyes off the road—off of the present. We can remember that God has the future in His hands. Even more, we can remember that God is with is. Just as the Israelites in the wilderness had the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar fire by night, we too carry God’s abiding presence with us. And by focusing on the gift of the present moment and His abiding presence within it, we open our hearts to receive His daily provision for the journey ahead.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (VOICE) But as the Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart All the things God prepared for those who love Him.

Isaiah 65:24 (VOICE) I’ll anticipate their prayers and respond before they know it; even as they speak, I will hear.

Deuteronomy 29:6 (VOICE) You haven’t had bread to eat or wine or strong drink to consume, but I’ve fed you each day with manna so you’d know that I, the Eternal, am your God who protects you and provides for you.

Where Does Our Help Come From?

“Whom Shall I Fear” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

One day, I was meditating on how rest can be a powerful weapon in the spiritual realm, and Isaiah 30:15 came to mind, “For this is what Adonai Elohim, the Holy One of Isra’el, says: “Returning and resting is what will save you; calmness and confidence will make you strong —but you want none of this!” I often hear people quoting another translation of this Scripture, “in quietness and confidence is your strength.” While these words are a needed reminder, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the last part of that verse—God’s people resisted the call to return (repent) and rest.

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Moving at the Speed of Grace

{vision} I saw a sign on a road showing that the speed limit was 55. There was a blurred line through the middle of the 55, and I knew there were words printed there.

I saw this vision just before I opened my eyes one recent morning. I sensed this was a “sign” for the spiritual speed limit for my day. Immediately, I knew the “55” represented a multiplication of grace. I also recognized the words that I couldn’t read symbolized a “word” that God had for me through this vision. This word would bring clarity to a repeated message He had been speaking in the Spirit: “Slow down.”

I have been hearing “slow down” at various times each day for months. It usually happens while I’m working or trying to juggle multiple tasks. At other times, I hear it when I’m not necessarily busy doing anything, but I may be busy thinking through many things. 

When I hear “slow down,” it always triggers an irritation within me. In my walk with God, I’ve learned that if His words irritate me, it’s always because I don’t truly understand the meaning behind them. His heart is always loving towards us, even in correction. And when understanding comes, I always experience a sense of peace. Therefore, I know that irritating words are a sign that the Father desires to address an area of wounding within my heart. 

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