Heard and saw 07/31/2017: I saw a drawing of a man in a yellow shirt. His arms were raised to the sky victoriously. Season’s change. Rise up.
From past experience, I often connect the color yellow in visions and dreams to the Spirit of Understanding:
Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV) The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Daniel 5:14 (NKJV) I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God [is] in you, and [that] light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
This morning I was praying about some matters, and I was surprised when the subject of understanding came up again. I was praying concerning broken relationships, some with family and some with friends. I was meditating on Scripture and seeking understanding that I might know how to respond in the areas where there is still division and unresolved hurt. I wanted to know if there was something I was supposed to do or say to bring a shift or bring repair. As I was grieving before the Lord, He spoke Proverbs 3:5-6: 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.
Then He said to me, “I have a path for you to follow and it leads into a good and large land.”
I have to admit that I am one who will keep trying over and over to fix something when it’s broken, particularly relationships. In the last two years, God has really been teaching me that although it is good for us to have a heart for restoration, it doesn’t always happen when and how we expect. And if we persist to focus our energies on it, it can actually hinder and delay us in our own mission. Victory usually comes when we let go and lean not on our own understanding, and instead, lean upon God’s. He has a perspective on our lives that we do not have. He calls us to trust in His path for our lives and the promises in His Word. This means leaving the results and the timing in His hands, forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead.
God hasn’t been calling me to give up on restoration; in fact, I have been told repeatedly by those praying with me that my tears are powerful intercession that is laying a groundwork for healing. God has also reminded me of Joseph’s story repeatedly in this season. Oh, how Joseph must have struggled to understand the purpose for all his trials! What if he had wallowed in pain over what he did not understand and refused to rise up when Egypt and the world needed him? Years passed before the purpose of his trials and loss was made clear. Years passed before restoration came between him and his brothers. And what was his cry? At that moment, he finally understood from God’s perspective:
Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Literally, as I write this, the lyrics to the song I’m listening to are standing out loud and clear:
Take Courage by Bethel
You who hold the stars
Who call them each by name
Will surely keep Your promise to me
That I will rise in Your victory
Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting, He’s in the waiting
Hold onto your hope, watch your triumph unfold
He’s never failing, He’s never failing