7/12/15 JONAH’S RAINBOW
This week I re-read Jonah and pondered his message. Today
on Facebook someone had posted a video of a whale spout
BLIND SPOTS: A TIME TO SPEAK A TIME TO LISTEN 7/12/15
This year has been a divine pause year. We have been
holding our breath and waiting on God for changes that are
about to take place. As I have walked through this year
thus far, it has felt that even the Lord is holding His
breath for a new 7 season to begin. John Paul Jackson
called it being in the eye of the storm as it passes over.
When God pauses and after the initial jilt of realization
that He indeed has paused, there are so many things that
bubble to the surface. One starts pondering issues, asking
questions, then questioning everything. Remaining in the
eye is all about focus and whether we truly, truly believe
in the goodness of God in the land of the living. That will
be challenged in the days to come and we must truly
understand Who He is and choose to trust in His goodness no
This brings me to the topic that is on my heart: Blind
spots. I have noticed that people who talk much and listen
little end up showing their blind spots. I have prayed a
lot about blind spots this year. Lord are You dealing with
me? Where am I blind? What do I not see, and what needs to
change? I am willing, just tell me/ show me Your way.
A WORD OF WISDOM
Someone once told me, “If you were to chew with your mouth
open, it might bother me but I would not tell you. However
if it was harmful, I would tell you.”
That word of wisdom has had such far reaching ramifications
for me. It answered many, many questions I had piled up to
the Lord. I have applied it to my own life, about others,
about raising children, and even about God Himself. It
helps me know that there is a time to correct and a time to
refrain from correcting.
I have heard it said that a mother needs to learn how to
choose her battles. Eli raised his sons in compromise and
he lost the priesthood. Silence is not the answer. At the
same time, how heavy is a heavy hand? When Job went through
his trial, God was silent and listened. After everyone had
their say, He spoke. The whole story of Job is a heavy hand
for who… to learn what lesson?
HE IS LISTENING
Last month after many tears and being very honest with the
Lord (and not very edifying) that night I saw that He had
pulled up a chair and sat beside my bed and just listened!
He didn’t say anything! Part of the reason the Lord has
been more silent this season is because He has wanted to
listen. He has wanted to take into account the cries of the
righteous, their prayers, decrees, their promises, the
willing hearts. Those who have nowhere else to turn, have
been crying out this year like none other.
HE WILL SPEAK
Just like Job, on the other side of this time we must be
willing to listen, because He has a lot to say. We may have
been chewing with our mouth open and He has said nothing.
That does not mean He is endorsing what we are saying or
believe. But when He speaks, it will be because He has
chosen to say exactly what we need to hear so that we may
No matter what, we must believe that His plans for us are
good and that He is a good God. Some of the things we
believe are standing in the way of those plans! They are
called mindsets, opinions and values. Years ago I had a
vision of a cowboy angel (the one with a lasso who captures
runaways) and we both had a hold of something on opposite
ends. He tugged for me to let go and I felt the jolt. This
angel was very loving, but also was sent on assignment and
he wasn’t letting go. I realized that to the exact degree
he tugged, if I held on it was going to H U R T. I realized
that to the same decree I held on, it was going to hurt to
that same degree and thus the process was my choice!
I have been thinking about Jonah this month. He was a man
that knew God and Nineveh did not know Him and was wicked.
Both got a heavy handed message but one ran from it and the
other listened. Jonah got swallowed up and spit out and
Nineveh was spared.
Leaving milk behind and growing up into strong meat,
remember Jonah who ran from what looked like a heavy handed
God with a heavy handed message. All the way through Jonah’s
story he got exactly what he expected in his knowledge about
God’s ways. I think it might have been better for Jonah had
he heeded the difficult message and not ran from it.
As we are rapidly moving towards the new Hebraic year (5776)
on 9/14/15, in light of what I have shared above, consider
Psalm 116 which is the Psalm of the year.
Psalm 116:1-19 I love the LORD, because he has heard my
voice and my supplications. 2 Because he has inclined his
ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I
live. 3 The sorrows of death surrounded me, and the pangs of
sheol got hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then
called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech you,
deliver my soul. 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea,
our God is merciful. 6 The LORD preserves the simple: I was
brought low, and he helped me. 7 Return unto your rest, O my
soul; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you
have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and
my feet from falling. 9 I will walk before the LORD in the
land of the living. 10 I believed, therefore have I spoken:
I was greatly afflicted: 11 I said in my haste, All men are
liars. 12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his
benefits toward me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation, and
call upon the name of the LORD. 14 I will pay my vows unto
the LORD now in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious
in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. 16 O
LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, and the
son of your handmaid: you have loosed my bonds. 17 I will
offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call
upon the name of the LORD. 18 I will pay my vows unto the
LORD now in the presence of all his people, 19 In the courts
of the LORD's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise you the LORD.
PRAYER: Lord we want to listen. We want to heed You
and Your way. We want You and Your will. We want Your
kingdom to come in us as You have already declared in
heaven. We do not want to be blind and naked!! We are
asking for Your mercy and grace to change and let go of all
that You are asking for. Let us not stand in the way of
Your good plans for us Lord. We choose to listen, and we
ask for great discernment to filter what we see and hear
through Your Word and the knowledge of Who You are. When we
feel the jolts Lord, as we yield to You, let Your Word,
faith, hope and love remain in us, in Jesus Name.