To birth something beautiful
During these days of social distancing, and spending more time at home with family, may we take some inspiration from the butterfly. Where after being cocooned for awhile something beautiful emerges. May we learn to cherish these days, refocusing on what is truly important, seek the place of abiding with the Prince of Peace, do family, and be love. Imagine what could a nation become if all it family became cocooned in love.
The anti-dote to selfishness and greed is divine, selfless, love. In all the apparent craziness associated with COiD-19, there is a strong sense the Lord God is working His good purpose, encouraging us to get off the merry-go-round of life, gather together in our homes with family (spiritual and/or natural), and wait on Him to be empowered from on high in power, love, and a new soundness of mind. A global reset, and restructure, for the church (because it is about being in His family and not an administration of man), rediscovering true love, and equipped for a new mission. And in it all this giving the earth (and us) a sabbath rest.
The disease is terrible, and bringing great sadness, but the Lord is mightier and will make a better thing out of it. Pray for the sick, bring them before Christ, and come together to wait on the Lord, seeking His face. For out of this season a much more beautiful thing can be birthed, only we need to learn to go with His flow.
Of course some of you forerunners have been in this season of ‘cocoon’, set apart and seeking the Lord, for some time now. Your time to fly comes quickly.
Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
(Acts 1:4-14; 2:1-4)