I recently had a dream where I travelled to a place that I often go if there is some fresh revelation to be received. There are some personal elements in the dream but the central part was of being in the right place to receive what I knew I needed. However, rather than receiving what I knew I needed I was given an impartation of ‘youthfulness’.
Half my age
Just over twelve years ago I had an experience through the night. There were many circumstances surrounding the experience that I can now see that further confirm the significance of the experience. I prayed two prayers. One relating to myself. I simply asked if it was agreeable to the Lord that I might have a certain length of years: the same number I had already had. I considered I needed that in order to make enough mistakes to have some substance that would have value. That was a simple prayer that is in his hands. The second was a prayer that took considerable longer to work through. It was a prayer for those ‘half my age’.
That a generation might arise that would have the wisdom of a generation twice their age, the energy and passion corresponding to their own generation, and a fearlessness that was focused on societal transformation. That I do not think is simply a prayer that the outcome is in the hands of God but is something we have to contend for, hence that was not over in a matter of minutes, unlike the first prayer.
A few years after this I called someone that I had never called before. He was on my heart, and I explained to him that I had to make some changes, could no longer fulfil a particular project and asked if he would consider taking it on. I then gave him the content of my experience. At the end of the conversation he asked me if I knew what day this was, and I said ‘no’. He told me that I had called him on his birthday and that he was exactly half my age when I had had that night-time experience.
The battle for the generations is not one of right ordering but of right positioning. It is not one above another, but of generations alongside each other. And for this to happen there has to be a growing up, a considered fearlessness, not a rash fearlessness in a younger generation. There is a difference between those types of fearlessness. Youth can do crazy things without consideration to the outcome for their own lives. I know many of us who think ‘I would never do now what I did when I was…’ Why not? Because of an understanding of the consequences. However, that rash fearlessness must not give way to a careful (full of care??) caution. A generation who understand the outcome but are fearless. That is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is what we associate with an older generation, but there is to be a generation rising that carry wisdom at a shocking level.
Renewal of youth. That is the necessity for the older generation. I have entered the final phase of my life (fear not – that phase should be a loooooong one) and caution, conservatism or self-preservation can be a hallmark, under the guise of ‘when I was younger I would have… but now that I am older I have a wisdom that means…’
But if in my dream I had to receive an impartation of youthfulness and not what I ‘knew’ I needed I consider there is something that the older generation have to receive. Even the youths grow weary, but those who wait on the Lord…
Remember the ‘caution to the wind’ approach of youthfulness? Or the ‘burn the bridges’ we have to go forward? Oh, I am sure we can also cringe when thinking about attitudes from our youth, but there is something to be recovered and it can only come through an impartation. The Lord is the one who can renew our youth like the eagle’s.