“I know everything about you, Dixie. I know what you have need of. Sometimes there is a battle going on over you that you sense but cannot see. You are a danger to your enemy. You are strong in me and he doesn’t like it. My warriors are very busy on your behalf. Always remember, I Am never too late. My timing is always perfect, even if you can’t see why you had to wait. I love you.” ♥ Jesus
It’s really hot on the central coast of California right now. I really don’t like the heat and I don’t do well in it. Contemplating keeping cool, I am reminded about the day my husband and I decided to go walking on a well known, beautiful beach path that we often frequent. It was warm when we decided to go but since it was by a beach we figured it would be bearable. About 3 miles into the hike we were walking in a stretch of sun that was beating on us unrelentlessly, and the temperature was climbing to almost 100. We both were so hot and could find no shade or relief.
I said we needed to pray that God would send angels to rescue us somehow. I really think Greg was just pacifying me but he agreed to pray with me to ask the Lord to send an angel to rescue us. After all, the bible does say His angels are there for us who are heirs of salvation.
Isn’t that us…aren’t we the heirs?
Do we think to ask for their bidding?
So, there we were, sweating and trudging, thanking God for an angel to fly us out of there.
And then it happened! We heard a sound behind us and turned around and there was a golf cart with a guy driving. He pulled up beside us and said, “You two look like you could use a ride. Hop in.” We jumped on back with much relief and he then drove us right up to our car a few miles away.
Now we could have said, “No thank you, we are waiting for an angel!” But no, we both knew this guy was the angel sent by God and we told him so. He chuckled and drove off.
There is always refreshing at the end of our suffering. No matter how long or what kind of suffering there is…. that refreshing comes from Him alone, in whatever form He wants to use. We cannot box God in.
At times the presence of the resurrected Jesus penetrates the usual walls, and the One whom “no one has seen or can see.” is, for a moment, felt, in the most unexpected ways. (1Tim 6:16) The conditions can dramatically differ. No location or mood assures it. No worship center, event, group or speaker always has it. There is no formula. God’s tangible presence can be sought but it can’t be planned or harnessed into our preconceived notions…because it is not of man.
We can’t poke the Holy Spirit into a box, either…the word tells us that;
“Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it will go next, so it is with the Spirit. We do not know on whom he will next bestow this life from heaven.”John 3:8 NLT
Did you ever read how He fell on all those folks on the day of Pentecost?
“As the believers met together that day,suddenly there was a sound like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them and it filled the house where they were meeting.Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on their heads.And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in languages they didn’t know,for the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Acts 2 Amp
Well, they were pretty swept away weren’t they? Why can’t we be? Because we don’t expect it. Start expecting!!
Wild, isn’t it? Something God is doing around us– is happening to us. This is not something mystical. This is something spiritual.
Let’s not get so paranoid of the mystical that we shut ourselves off from biblical spirituality. God can do what He wants. He never works contrary to His word, but He can never be boxed in either. We think we have Him figured out.
He is exciting, extravagant, humorous, and oozing love.
Because love is who He is.
My point is that God is ready to show Himself mighty on our behalf at any given moment. But we must live in a sense of expectancy that He will show up supernaturally when He wills it….and even in those times where everything seems mundane and we haven’t heard from Him for a while, He will honor your faith in continuing to keep on expecting.
You will not be disappointed.
One day, I was feeling Him pulling me away to Himself. It was the most delicious feeling ever. We had an appointment to meet and I couldn’t wait. I don’t feel like that all the time. I wish I did. But I don’t. But this day I did. My husband was leaving on a hunting trip, it was raining, and I couldn’t wait to head to my special place by the window to just talk to Jesus.
Me: ” I feel the call to come away with you my Beloved Savior. As my thankful spirit begins to rest in You, I can feel your pull, the relentless pull to sneak away with You….to reunite with You in this way; to draw close to Your bosom; like the Lover you are–my blessed Redeemer, Lover, Friend, Confidant, Comforter, Encourager, and Guide. Lord, I can’t imagine what you have for me now.”
When I finally got there–where He was waiting–I was immersed immediately in a love and presence I can’t describe. I couldn’t talk. I could only sit there in the soaking presence of Jesus. When I finally could talk all I could do was praise Him and worship Him in all of His perfectness. I wish I could describe this supernatural experience better. It is like the highest high ever…nothing can compare to Him immersing you into Himself.
Jesus says: “Oh Dixie, I have plans for you. Hold on to my presence, for I am here. Don’t trust your emotions–let go of what you think you want and let me give you what I know you want… what I want. Let me show you what it is. Let me love you and give you a different perspective and outlook. I have so much more for you. You see into my Kingdom much of the time–You feel my heart and you love like I do, (most of the time, smile). Until I bring you into my arms for our first dance, in person, face to face, I shall dance this faith dance with you on earth and you shall see the remnants of my presence that far exceeds anything you ever thought of. Enjoy Me. I am here. I hold you and I perform on your behalf because you know how to call on Me. I love you, Dixie.
Me: “I respond to the call of my Groom today. I dance with you Lord in the spirit…..and I find peace in Your presence.”
Remember, Jesus is not a respecter of persons….but He does respond delightfully and extravagantly to those who are willing to press into this kind of relationship with Him.