Waiting in the Wings

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

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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.

When I do become aware of the shift, I can actually feel it in my heart center. It’s as if the window of my heart has closed and that holy light of love isn’t able to get in. It is reminiscent of Matthew 6:22-23, “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!” (RSV). How we “see” the world, shapes our experience.

In Paleo-Hebrew, the letter hei has been linked symbolically to a window. And there are some rich connections linked to this letter and the themes in Matthew 6. Jewish sages explain that hei stands for revelation, expression, and light. Hei is also a letter that unifies the concept of giving and receiving; it is constructed of the Hebrew letter dalet (symbolic of a poor and humble man) and a “foot” of the letter gimel (symbolic of a rich man.)

Furthermore, the number of hei is five (5). In the creation account, the word “light” is mentioned five times. The Torah is compromised of the five Books of Moses (which are also the first five books of the Christian Bible). Therefore, the sages suggest that the mention of “light” during the creation account hints to how God permeates and animates all of creation with His infinite light, His Word. 

Having these concepts in mind, often the key to shifting our focus from a negative mindset to a positive one requires that we open the windows of our heart so that God’s light can fill our inner man. God’s light is His Word, and His Word is love. When we close off our hearts to receiving love, often it is because we have what I would call a “miserly” perspective of God’s love in a situation. (We unconsciously put limits on His infinite love.) We need fresh revelation—an “ah-ha” moment where we can see our life through God’s eyes.

Do you perceive God is growing impatient with you? Remind yourself that “love is patient.” When you make a mistake, do you feel like God is mad and frustrated? Do you think He’s adding that mistake to a long list with your name on it? Remind yourself that love “it is not easily angered” and “keeps no record of wrongs.” Remind yourself that God abounds in love and generously pours it out upon His beloved children.

When you find yourself feeling disconnected from the Father’s love, pause and remind yourself of what His love looks like. Return to the revelation of love as expressed through God’s Word. Take a moment, to open the window of your heart and let the light in.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Look for Me

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

Look for Me, beloved. Look for Me to fulfill My Word in great ways and in small. Seek Me continually that I might shine revelation upon My Word, and illuminate events both past and present to bring them into perspective. Yet even as you seek Me, do so with a humble heart understanding that both the plan for your life and the plan for the whole of creation is far beyond what you are capable of fathoming. I Am the Infinite and Eternal Creator, able to fulfill My Word again and again and at new dimensions. I do all things well, and I do them in truth and in harmony.

As I release glimpses of My thoughts and designs to My children, they rightfully evoke reverential awe. Walk in that awe, beloved, for the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Resist the urge to become discouraged when the fulfillment of My Word and My promises do not seem to fit your understanding. Instead, dwell in childlike trust and wonder, allowing Me to expand the limitations of your mind and your perception. Know that I delight to draw you close in order to give you pieces of My plan. With revelation I bring instruction that you may walk fully in your role in this grand story that I have penned. When you look for Me at work in the midst of My design, know with certainty that you will find Me.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

A Sharper Image of Us

Vision 10/07/2017: I felt like I was standing in front of a wall looking right at a mirror. The Lord was standing right beside me and He adjusted the mirror as one would adjust the side mirror of a car. Instead of a reflection of myself and the Lord, I saw Mount Everest. Yet I truly felt this was an accurate reflection. “A sharper image of us,” the Lord said.

Over the summer, I’ve had multiple visions concerning walls, the writing or Word of God on the wall, and the eye of God drawn on the wall. All of them have had to do with God looking at me or speaking to me, and trying to make sense of what He is saying through His rhema words to me. It all has had to do with perception. How do we see ourselves and how do we see Him?

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The Many Dimensions of His Word

Vision 10/16/2017: I felt like I was in space and confined within an invisible box. I moved around inside of the box bracing my feet along all the borders; I wore Wonder Woman’s boots (representing standing on God’s Word). Suddenly, I grew angel’s wings, and I took off out of the box as if it were not there at all. It was as if, by growing wings, I had found a way out of the box. “This is meant to encourage you to grow in seeing details,” the Lord said.

This vision reminded me of videos I watched a few months ago about dimensions. They say that each new dimension in our universe or multiverse is at right angles of the last one. I saw that there was a pun in my vision between the word angel and angle. As I was rotating in the box, it felt like I was rotating and looking for that “right angle” (or righteous angle) until I found a new dimension I could go through concerning God’s Word. I also sensed this represented me growing wings of faith as a messenger of His Word.

Recently, the Lord has been teaching me things about the greater works as I meditate on His Word. He has been allowing me to turn things over and over in my head so that I can ask Him questions. I have looked at the mighty acts of His people in both the Old and New Testaments. I have thought about His saints in recent centuries. I thought about how each new “act” could at times be met with resistance to old religious mindsets. The coming of Christ Himself is just one of many things broke religious boxes.

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