It's one I have 'seen' before years ago but this time, there was a bit more to the end of it. The first time I experienced this, I didn't know what I was seeing, but this time I recognized Isaiah 52 right away!
It's one filled with, "How Long"s and "Come Quickly!"
In this weary world... oh how we need a Savior!
Suddenly, while my eyes were closed, I saw a scene unfold in my imagination... the rhythm of the song in the natural realm shifted and changed and the vision slowed and came in to focus:
I saw a woman, handcuffed and chained, dressed in rags sitting on the ground. She looked defeated and worn out. SUDDENLY keys appear within her reach, but she is so used to being chained that she doesn't notice that that which will unlock her bondage is right at her feet.
She finally sees the keys, timidly reaches out for them -eyes darting all around. She unlocks the chains and hesitantly crawls to her knees... she slowly stands up and dusts herself off. As she stretches and stands up tall, suddenly the cuffs at her feet become a Bow, and the keys in her hand become Arrows.
She looks down and sees what is happening and immediately she becomes like a skilled archer, confident and fast, quickly releasing arrows (which are keys to freedom) and never missing her mark.
(End of vision.)
My first thought was, "That which holds us bondage can be used to bring others' freedom!"
I was thinking back to the arrows and the bow and I heard God whisper,
"It may bend you, but it will. not. break. you!"
Are you a fan of Christa Wells? Yeah, me too! I immediately thought of this:
I was telling the Lord how this Christmas, this Advent, has been harder, quieter, and I have fought off the feelings of just going through the motions! Oh I know... I know the dangers of that and I refuse to do it. When I am numb and doing things merely out of habit or tradition, I am left feeling empty and alone, instead of filled and full of joy.
But this Christmas has yet to feel very Christmasy for me.
I keep waiting... anticipating.
For I know Advent. I know that He is always coming for us!
I find when I feel I am simply going through the motions that I am most often running from Him.
Not on purpose... not consciously anyway.
No, it's that I tire of waiting.
I know Advent and I read of the 400 years of silence, and my heart can't take another ten minutes and I know that I am weak but before I know what is happening, I take back the time I set aside for Him because in all the waiting, it can feel like nothing is getting done.
But even now, with every list checked off and everything wrapped up and tied with a bow, my heart wants what it wants.
But what it wants, I just don't know.
This unsettling... this eyes wide open to the weary world, but not so much to the rejoicing... it pushes me to open my Bible in prayer... and I see it... I say it... and then I begin to feel that it's true:
"Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.
For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; You will destroy all who are false to You and like [spiritual] harlots depart from You.
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works."Psalm 73:25-28 Amplified
This is what my heart wants.But sometimes I forget!
I love how it reads in The Voice:
"But the closer I am to You,
my God, the better
because life with You is good..."Amen and Amen!
It's sad but it's true: Sometimes I need to be reminded! Maybe you do, too!
Maybe you feel chained up, locked in, and anything but free... maybe you, like me, can look around you and read the headlines and feel all the feels of weariness but not the feels of rejoicing... can I encourage you to remember that He has given us the keys to our freedom. They are right there at our feet! And oh how I pray that in the next few days, a weary world will rejoice and He will set our feet to dancing!
Here's to freedom!
Here's to Advent coming
and He is here!
Here's to Life with God is good!
Here's to a babe in a manger
and God came near!
Lord, let us remember!