It's Time to Be Drenched in This Move of God
December 30, 2019
"I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs." (Is. 41:18, NIV)
The move of the Holy Spirit is likened to rivers breaking out in dry, barren places, or an incoming tide or rain poured out on parched ground (Is. 44:3).
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Hab. 2:14)
If this resonates with you, take heart, for the Holy Spirit is moving! God is healing dryness. He is interrupting cycles of weariness. And He is removing hindrances that have led to frustration.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
There is a book by C.S. Lewis in the Chronicles Narnia series called "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
As the story opens, the heroes, Edmund and Lucy, are discussing a framed picture on the wall. It is of a Narnian ship on the seas. As they observe the picture, they suddenly realize the boat and the sea in the picture are moving. A wind blows out from the picture, and a book in the room flaps and is tossed against the wall. They can smell the sea. A salty wave breaks out of the picture, and with a cold, wet splash, it breaks over the children – including Eustace, a skeptical onlooker. In a moment, all three are pulled into the frame, into a new reality, where they find themselves caught up in another kingdom and in the service of the king.
It Started with a Car Crash
Like the picture on the wall, many of us, over the years, have put God in a frame of our own understanding. But He's breaking out of the frame. This has been happening for both me and my husband Malcolm. Signs of our own "new era" with God started breaking out in January 2016.
One day, I was driving my car and turned right onto a main road. Just ahead of me, in a lane to my right, was a lady in a black SUV car with a baby strapped in a car seat behind her. We had the green light.
Suddenly, in my peripheral vision, I noticed a maroon car driving toward us from the right at a high speed. I realized he was not going to stop.
He hurtled towards us, narrowly missing the lady with the baby, and was about to collide with my driver's door when in that split second, I slammed on my brakes. Miraculously, I escaped injury by milliseconds, but my car was spun around, while the driver who crashed into me accelerated and disappeared, leaving only the smoke from his tires behind him. When I glanced up, it was just in time to see that there was no rear license plate on his car to identify him.
Twenty minutes later, I was standing in front of my car, trembling in shock and shedding tears over the loss of my car. The Ford Falcon wasn't new, but I'd loved it. And whilst I had only a slight bump on my head, the front end of my car was wrecked.
In that moment, I remembered something that happened the week before. I'd awoken sharply from a dream in the middle of the night. In the dream, I was speaking in an excited manner to an unseen audience about how grateful my husband and I were that the insurance company had written off our car, because now we could receive the upgrade we had prayed for.
My first response, before I went back to sleep, was to dismiss the dream. After all, in 30 years of driving I'd never had an accident! And we certainly hadn't been praying for an upgrade for the car. I later realized that the dream was symbolic and shared about it that day with others on our team. But we never imagined for one moment that the dream would literally come to pass.
When God Orders an Upgrade
Nine days later, I was standing in front of my crashed car. And as I remembered the dream, shock gave way to gratitude and amazement. My Father already knew about this and must have sent an angel to protect me!
Our insurer wrote off my car and released the funds for us to purchase another one. As my husband and I searched among many second-hand cars, our search narrowed down to one. It was a Ford Falcon – the same car I loved, but one year younger. It had less mileage on the odometer and it was my preferred color. Not only that, it was exactly the next model up from the one I'd lost. It was a small, very precise upgrade. But more than that, the event was a sign, and the dream I was given has been fulfilled many times over.
Since that time, God has been speaking to my husband and me more frequently through supernatural signs and unusual "coincidences." These can only be explained by divine orchestration. And often, objects or events in the physical realm, such as the car (and the shoehorn I wrote about in a recent word), are involved. God has been doing something in our lives that we had no prior frame of reference for.
A "King Tide" and Splash Zone of the Spirit
A "king tide" is an especially high spring tide. When there is a king tide, places that don't normally get wet become drenched. At these times, the ocean may stretch to reach ground it has never reached before.
Right now, we are living in a time where the Kingdom of God is advancing. Like a king tide, the water level of the Holy Spirit is rising, and many of us are about to be caught up in the "new normal" of what God is doing.
After decades of journeying with God and learning about the prophetic gifts, my husband Malcolm and I are living permanently astounded. The move of the Holy Spirit breaks over us, pulling and inviting us into the adventure our Father has called us to.
Then there is the "splash zone."
In C.S. Lewis' story, the selfish and unbelieving Eustace found himself in this "splash zone," caught in another kingdom, encountering a Redeemer.
When God is moving, stories of what He is up to spill over and touch those around us, and together we learn what it means to navigate this "new normal." It's not comfortable, yet it is glorious, for when the Kingdom of God manifests, Jesus is the only explanation for what is taking place.
Today, this is His invitation to you: It's time to be drenched.
If you've been hungry to see God move in a new way, breathe this prayer with me today:
Jesus, I ask You to move in my life. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see You at work. Break open the frame of my understanding. Let Your Kingdom life spill over me, over my family, my workplace, ministry, neighborhood and region. Drench us, Lord!
Father, may Your Kingdom come, Your will be done – and may many come to know Jesus as King. May there be a revival of Your Word and Your Spirit, and I say, Lord, let it begin right here, right now. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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