~ TIMING IS EVERYTHING ~
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birthday was one week ago and today as I was taking down
birthday cards, my husband said, "Happy Birthday!" I
thought that kind of strange, but when I looked at him,
he was grinning. One hour later I received a belated
birthday card in the mail. (How did he know?) Now this
particular birthday card, ($) I had been expecting and
dreaming about for a few months. When it didnít come, I
have to admit I was disappointed. In my mind I had
already spent that money several times.
today, I had just begun to write this post about how God
speaks to us through clock times and numbers -- and --
my husband drops this birthday card on my desk. My heart
is thumping as I open that card. The outside says,
"Timing is Everything..." Before I tell you the rest of
this prophetic story, please hit Ďpauseí . . . because
that too is a part of this encouraging Word from the
Lord . . . .
following story is an excerpt from my book, "101+ Ways
God Speaks (And How to Hear Him)."
# 80. HE
SPEAKS THROUGH NUMBERS AND CLOCKS
I have a
pastor friend who had a most interesting experience with
numbers. It all started the year before when he prayed,
"Lord, please come and pour out Your Spirit upon us. Do
anything You want, I just want to know that it is You
and not some deception of the enemy." About the same
time he noticed every time he looked at a digital clock
the time would consistently be 11:11 (AM and PM). This
continued for several weeks.
morning when he was rushing to get ready for an
appointment he looked at the clock - 11:11. He said,
"Lord?" Immediately he had a sense it was a scripture,
but determined not to look, lest he select the one that
suited him. At the end of the day as he rolled into bed
he glanced at the clock to see what time it was. You
guessed it ó 11:11. The next morning, again 11:11.
"Lord, which scripture?" Finally He heard the Lord say,
"Luke!" This was the verse: "If a son asks for bread
from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or
if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent
instead of a fish?" (Luke 11:11) At last he understood.
was answering his prayer by saying He had given him a
written guarantee that if he asked God for something he
would not get a counterfeit. That night as he went to
bed he again glanced at the clock - 11:11 pm. The next
day he shared this with his leaders and after the
meeting an elderís wife walked into her bedroom and
glanced at their clock. It was 11:11.
Saturday he prepared a message that would end with the
11:11 message and when he went to bed that night he
looked at the clock ó again it said 11:11. Smiling, he
went to sleep. Sunday he preached the message and
glanced one time at the back wall of the church. It was
11:13 which was significant to him because the Lord had
said He wanted to pour out His Holy Spirit that morning.
Luke 11:13 says, "If you then, being evil, know how to
give good gifts to your children, how much more will
your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who
ask Him!" That night when he went to bed the clock said
11:13! From this, he was absolutely convinced they had
received the move of the Lord which was the outpouring
of His Holy Spirit!
story doesnít end there. After I had heard about the
11:11 message, we had a fun confirmation to the above
story. My son said, "Hey look!!! Our clock says
11:11!!!" I started laughing, and said, "I gotta write
this down!" Knowing nothing about 11:11, he asked me,
"Why? Is that another parable?" (I am always noticing
allegorical parables, and he knows that.) I said, "Yes."
He wasnít satisfied with that answer and was curious. So
I told him the long story about 11:11ís. When I finished
he couldnít run fast enough to look up Luke 11:11.
after that, he and I started noticing 7:11ís. It became
so frequent we were both wondering what it meant, just
like Pastor. We saw 7:11 in our bedrooms, on the TV, on
the microwave, on his wrist, in the car, on the
computer. 7:11ís were popping up everywhere. My son was
reading the Bible through for the first time, and the
first day he read the New Testament his eye immediately
jumped to 7:11. He could hardly believe his eyes! "If
you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to
your children, how much more will your Father who is in
heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew
that the Lord started using 11:11 and 7:11 to confirm
things He was sharing. One in particular was that He was
promising the body of Christ an entire season of
11:11ís! YES LORD! Then one night I had a dream that
many peopleís journals were sprinkled with 11:11 on lots
of pages. When I woke up from the dream I heard the Lord
say, "11:11." Immediately following, I glanced at my
clock ó it said 11:11.
amazing thing happened. One night in the car our son
started counting 10, 9, 8, etc. I looked at the digital
clock and it said 7:10. I realized what he was doing, so
I started at 19, 18, 17. etc. After doing my countdown
very methodically and in perfect rhythm, when I got to
4, I slowed and said, "fooouuurrr, thhhhrrreee..." and
then it turned to 7:11. If I had not stalled out the 4
and 3 it would have been absolutely perfect on the dot!
From that day on, I understood that we were in a season
of "countdown" towards 11:11-7:11. And of course, the
Lord confirmed that understanding with more
before I added this 11:11 story to this section in this
book, I was going through my journal to find more
stories or examples I could add. When I searched, I was
happy to find 26 more tid-bits. As I sat in my car at a
stop light, I thanked the Lord for giving me so many and
then I was reminded that part of my promise was that I
was going to be a food gatherer for the body of Christ.
I realized that was what I was doing, collecting stories
for hungry people. I was feeling kind of silly, and
somewhat jokingly I said, "OK Lord, Iím supposed to
gather food, so letís gather some!" As soon as I said
"some," I glanced up through the windshield. There
looming directly above me was a 7-11 grocery market
sign. (He had the last Word on that one!)
digital clocks, car odometers, wrist watches, video
camera timers, VCRís, computers, microwaves, score
boards, exercise bike timers, signs and broken
calculators ó for all the trouble the Lord has gone
through, all I can say is THIS SEASON IS REALLY GOING TO
excerpt . . . and Hallelujah, end of pause!!!]
. . . So
let me tell you about that birthday card, "Timing is
Everything." On the outside there is a pair of trapeze
artists. She is hurling through the air and due to
timing, misses her catcher. There is a file at my site
called, "Transition" and in that file is an excellent
story from an anonymous writer about transition being
just like flying through the air on a trapeze. It is a
most unstable time when you donít know where you are
going to land. So I am thinking about transition as I
notice on the card that there is a net below to catch
this trapeze artist in case she falls.
"At least she wont splat on the ground!" as I remembered
a vision the Lord gave me a couple months ago. This is
an entry from my journal: 2/19/01: I went to bed very
weary about every area in my life. I prayed, "Lord not
one sparrow falls to the ground without You noticing." I
was thinking of a sparrow taking a dive bomb and falling
in a splat. I kind of grimaced at the thought and then
kiddingly said, "Lord could we try that one more time?"
I suddenly saw a vision of a big giant hand reaching out
to catch a little tiny bird as it was falling from the
sky. I saw dust being blown off the bird, then its
feathers were being smoothed. The bird began to eat
sunflower seeds in the giant hand, and when the seeds
were gone the hand filled with water like a bird bath
and I watched the bird frolic in the water. The final
scene I saw the bird rub its head against this caring
hand in a loving nudge. ("Now unto him that is able to
keep you from falling, and to present you faultless
before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy."
Jude 24 KJV)
to the inside of this prophetic "Timing is Everything"
card, I read, "Sorry mine was off! Happy Belated
Birthday. Next time I will try to turn my calendar when
March is over!"
of the Lord, Godís calendar is turning! We may think He
is really late and His timing is off. We may think
everything in our lives has fallen apart while we were
waiting, but God says, TIMING IS EVERYTHING. He has a
season for everything and we have been in a divine pause
for His perfect purposes. (John 11:40)
there a check inside that card? OF COURSE there was a
check. Am I glad it arrived one week late??? Yep. Now
why would I be glad about that? Because since I had been
expecting it and had spent that money in my mind several
times already, I would have spent it that very day of my
Birthday. But what I didnít know was that when one is in
transition, sudden events can change in a moments time.
I hit a sudden event a couple of days after my BD, and
the circumstances around what I wanted changed
drastically. I didnít know this, but the Lord knew. Now
I am so glad I did not spend that money.
been in a divine delay for 11 years and PAY DAY IS
COMING. What the enemy has meant for your harm, God
meant for your good. What the enemy cursed, robbed and
stole, the Lord will turn around for blessings, gifts
and recompense. What you died to and gave to the Lord,
will be multiplied over and over again. Wherever you
cast your bread upon the waters, it is about to come
back to you in a tidal wave. Why? Because God always
repays with interest. We have been storing up a lot of
promises and good gifts in our spiritual banks. And in
that divine delay towards their fulfillment, we have
been accruing spiritual interest on those promised good
gifts. "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the
desire comes, it is a tree of life." (Prov 13:12 NKJV)
back of the card is a Pinwheel, and on the back of the
card envelope are 2 pinwheels and some swirls as though
the wind is blowing. We are now coming into a season
when the Lord breathes life upon our circumstances,
everything can change SUDDENLY. Yes! We are entering the
days of suddenlies. "The wind blows where it wishes, and
you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes
from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of
the Spirit." (John 3:8-9 NKJV)
close with a Word to Ponder the Lord gave me in the
80ís. The Words to Ponders that He gives me are
prophetic, based upon visions, dreams, scriptures, and
His still small voice.
by the wayÖ today when I woke up and turned over, the
clock said 7:11. :)
of "suddenlys." Long you have waited for this
fulfillment. Now you are confirmed. I have promised it,
I am doing it. Suddenly, all at once, what was not, is.
hope! Years of prayers are not lost. Why so long?
Because the battle was greater than yourself. Great
warfare has taken place in the heavenlies and worldwide
strongholds have been broken. Your portion is coming.
Give Me time to set things in order. Be prepared. Even
now the prey is being divided and sent on its way.
waters covered the land, but now they are receding. With
each new day, new land is emerging. Inheritance free and
waiting to be occupied. Yes. Go for it.
the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.
And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had
prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly."
(2 Chronicles 29:35-36)